The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, should not bow to pressure to allow for easier access of Indonesian temporary labour to Australia, the CFMEU said today.
Referring to Mr Abbott’s visit to Indonesia and a call from Professor Hal Hill in the Australian Financial Review, to weaken the 457 visa rules, CFMEU Construction National Secretary, Mr Noonan expressed concern that workers in Australia would lose out if the government continued down the path of allowing temporary overseas labour in without Labour Market Testing (LMT).
Operators at Energy Australia’s Yallourn power station have today voted to accept a workplace agreement that boosts pay and job security and gets them back to work after a record 100-day lockout, the CFMEU said.
The 75 operators will go back to work on Monday.
The agreement addresses workers’ concerns including job security and staffing levels, said CFMEU National President Tony Maher.
Australia’s rising unemployment rate, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics today reported had reached 5.8 per cent, highlights the need for the incoming Abbott Government to urgently act on policy areas that disadvantage Australia’s struggling manufacturing and construction sectors, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.
The 0.1 per cent rise in unemployment took the number of Australians currently looking for work to 714,100, with the number of people in jobs dropping by 10,800 in August alone.
Watch Construction Charitable Works, ACT's latest video on what it's like to be injured at work and how they look after workers.
The suggestion that ex-federal police should be recruited to play key roles in a revived Australian Building and Construction Commission is a smear on construction workers and a smokescreen for launching a new attack on them and their unions, the CFMEU said today.
The proposal, reported in the Herald Sun, is contained in a report on the ABCC handed to Prime Minister –elect Tony Abbott before the election.
“Tony Abbott and Eric Abetz are both legally trained. They both know the distinction between industrial law and criminal law, yet they are deliberately misleading the public,” said CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan.
CFMEU membership now more important than ever
“The election of an Abbott Government means that being a member of the CFMEU and sticking together is more important than ever,” says CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan.
“Tony Abbott has an agenda for our industry. It is an agenda of more profit and power to big construction companies and developers and one of worse wages, conditions and safety for the workers who build this nation.”
Read more of Dave Noonan’s message
Tony Abbott has vowed to bring back the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) within months if elected to Goverment. "We will re-establish the ABCC and finish the job," Tony Abbott said on 25 May 2013.
Lest anyone could forget, we are showing this video again: to remind ourselves of what ordinary workers had to endure from the ABCC.
The front page story in the Australian this morning proves Tony Abbott’s Coalition plans to rip up the Fair Work Act and resume their attacks on workers with Work Choices industrial laws, the CFMEU said today.
“Eric Abetz’s revelation that the Coalition will reintroduce their National Code for the construction industry and target infrastructure jobs is a clear indication of their intentions,” said CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan.
The Coalition’s cuts to infrastructure spending and opposition to mandatory Australian Industry Participation Plans will lead to substantial job losses, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has warned.
The Coalition’s $8 billion cuts in infrastructure funding will put a stop to many existing projects, and prevent new projects from getting off the ground.
“Tony Abbott’s infrastructure cuts combined with the abolition of the requirement for local jobs plans will impact directly on jobs in this country. The combination of their policies means less work for Australian suppliers for projects which go ahead and fewer projects due to the cuts,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.
The Australian manufacturing industry has been dealt a blow thanks to the Coalition’s failure to address the thousands of dodgy building and other manufactured products being imported into Australia that do not conform with local standards, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.
The union said the Coalition’s Policy to Boost the Competitiveness of Australian Manufacturing also appeared to be softening previous pledges by the Opposition around ensuring imports meet the standards which locally produced products conform to, and which Australian consumers rightly expect.
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