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.
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.”
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