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Created Fri 22/11/2013, Last Updated Mon 25/11/2013

Gippsland MP shows Federal Government how to act to defend local manufacturing jobs

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today welcomed action by Coalition Member of Parliament for Gippsland Darren Chester to champion local jobs and the paper manufacturing industry in Federal Parliament.

Mr. Chester yesterday presented a petition to the Federal Parliament, which had been organised by the CFMEU, containing 4,300 signatures from amongst his electorate.  The petition raised the signatures in one week. 

It called for the altering of government procurement policy for paper products, to move to a “true best value proposition” in procurement, which took into account the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of using domestically produced paper products.

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Created Thu 21/11/2013, Last Updated Mon 25/11/2013

Job Vacancy Digital Communications Officer

The CFMEU wishes to appoint a full-time Digital Communications Officer responsible for website and social media communications with its members and the wider community.

The Digital Communications Officer will play a hands-on role in managing all electronic communications by CFMEU Construction National Office – including posting to the Union’s Social Media outlets and its website pages and creating the material used on those outlets.

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Created Wed 20/11/2013, Last Updated Thu 21/11/2013

CFMEU slams new 457 Visa ‘Facebook test’ as cheating young Australians out of jobs

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said today that the 457 Visa ‘Labour Market Testing’ (LMT) system announced by the Abbott Government was a cruel hoax on Australian workers, especially young people.

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CFMEU call for full investigation into John Holland

The CFMEU has called for a full investigation into John Holland’s suitability to hold a Comcare licence and an investigation into safety on every one of their sites.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the revelations in The Australian today, regarding the deplorable safety standards on the Brisbane Airport Link site that commenced in 2008 and saw the tragic death of a worker, require a thorough investigation by all the regulatory authorities.

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Immigration Minister urged to intervene over exploited Hungarian workers allegations

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been urged to intervene to prevent the deportation of 20 Hungarian workers, and protect them from being victimised by their employer, after the men were allegedly ripped off and exploited under the 457 guest worker visa.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has written to the Minister calling on him to ensure the workers who blew the whistle on their employer for allegedly paying them well below the Australian minimum wage are allowed to remain in Australia until a thorough investigation is complete.

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Dave Noonan (left) with Ark Tribe after court victory 24 Nov 2010.
Created Fri 15/11/2013, Last Updated Mon 18/11/2013

Stop the witch hunt against blue collar workers: CFMEU

The Abbott Government should dump its proposed legislation to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission because the repressive laws discriminate against blue collar workers, the CFMEU said today.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the laws were part of the Coalition’s campaign against building workers which included threats to wages and conditions, new building codes to blacklist contractors with union agreements, and opening up the floodgates on 457 visas.

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Discrimination not acceptable: Dave Noonan

"The first sitting of the new federal parliament will see the Abbott government move to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission," writes Dave Noonan in The Australian today.

"This should be of concern to the community: these laws, which don't apply to any other sector of the workforce, discriminate against construction workers.

"The government apparently believes that discrimination against blue -collar workers in a particular industry is acceptable.

"If they had plans to do the same to other sectors of our community on the basis of gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background, there would be,  justifiably, an outcry."

Read more Dave Noonan's Message,  published in The Australian today.

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Out now! Hardhat Express November 2013

The November issue of the CFMEU Construction national newsletter is out now and available from Branches or your CFMEU Organiser. Get copies of the newsletter for your smoko room today.

Or download the November 2013 issue Hardhat Express here for messages for members from the CFMEU Construction National Conference 2013 and plans and actions for 2014-2016.

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What happened to the budget emergency? Federal Govt finds $300 million for super rich while hurting 3.6 million workers

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today expressed astonishment at news overnight that the Federal Government intended to lower superannuation taxes on 16,000 of the very wealthiest Australians whilst simultaneously planning to abolish a modest concession of $500 per year for millions of ordinary workers.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the juxtaposition was a breathtaking and unambiguous illustration of whose interests the new Government would be serving.

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Created Sat 2/11/2013, Last Updated Mon 4/11/2013

New CFMEU report raises alarm bells over 457 visa trends

Australians to miss out unless labour market testing urgently implemented

The CFMEU has today released a report analysing the most recent trends in the numbers of 457 visas, which clearly points to the urgency of implementing legislation that places a legal obligation on employers to prove no Australian workers are available before 457 visas are approved for temporary forei