The CFMEU uncovered in excess of $150,000 unpaid wages involving up to 46 workers on the new Perth International Terminal (1) developed by Leighton’s Holdings subsidiary Broad Constructions. To add to that, workers on the site had also not been paid their statutory requirements including superannuation and long service leave involving many more thousands of dollars.
The new terminal is a Federal government project funded by superannuation investment funds.
The appointment of Nigel Hadgkiss as Director and John Lloyd as Chair of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (FWBII) has been criticised by the CFMEU, as being unbalanced.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said Minister for Employment, Eric Abetz’s announcement was no surprise, but it was nevertheless disappointing as both Mr Hadgkiss and Mr Lloyd have a record of bias.
CFMEU members will rally today with other Queenslanders at 12.30pm Thursday outside Parliament House in Brisbane and in other centres against the LNP governments changes to Workers Compensation.
These changes, to be rammed through Parliament on Thursday, will hit the most vulnerable in our society the families and children of injured workers.
Photos from the Brisbane rally: Facebook Workcover Rally Parliament House
The two branches of the CFMEU Construction Division announced today that they intend to form a single Queensland/Northern Territory branch.
The announcement was made at the biennial CFMEU Construction National Conference in Cairns where delegates are discussing and planning policy and programs for the union.
Delegates were touched by the emotion expressed by leaders of both branches – David Hanna and Michael Ravbar – in achieving the merger for the benefit of construction workers.
The CFMEU today will launch a campaign to curb violence against women.
The campaign called: Real men don’t abuse women aims to spread the message that violence against women is unacceptable and to encourage more men to speak out against it.
The campaign will be launched at the union’s National Conference following an address by MUA Assistant Secretary and White Ribbon Ambassador, Mick Doleman.
CFMEU United - Dave Noonan's address to National Conference
"Tony Abbott has no mandate to take away our members’ human rights; no mandate, to cut their wages and no mandate to make their jobs less safe," CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan told the union's Divisional National Conference today in an address that also talked about reform in the Labor Party and proposed that union members should have a vote in the Party leadership.
"Unlike Tony Abbott our union keeps its promises, and we promise this:
"We will not shirk our responsibility to stand up for our member’s rights on site.
"We will not compromise on defending our member’s safety.
"We will fight to keep our wages and conditions.
A message for Refractory Workers from CFMEU Construction Assistant National Secretary, Frank O'Grady:
Enterprise Bargaining Agreements are due for re-negotiation with the major Refractory companies Veolia, Beroa, Phoenix and A.G.C.
In preparation for these meetings the CFMEU has undergone extensive consultation with members working in the refractory industry.
Meetings have been held in Bunbury, Collie, Kwinana, Port Pirie, Wyalla, Hastings, Laverton, La Trobe Valley, Gladstone, Boyne Island, Brisbane and Port Kembla.
A Log of Claims has been developed and endorsed by meetings of workers right around the country.
A JOB is worth far more than a dollar figure on a pay check. It's the opportunity to support yourself and your family, to develop skills, advance your future, and have a sense of purpose.
But according to a band of free-trade ideologues, business lobbyists, academics and even some members of the newly-elected Abbott Government, a job is simply a bargaining chip that can be freely traded away.
Construction company Grocon has again been caught out trying to rip off its workers in the latest decision against it by the Victorian Building Industry Disputes Panel.
The Chairman of the Panel today found that Grocon undervalued the Myer Emporium site project by at least $200 million resulting in substantial underpayments of workers’ pay.
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