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Created Thu 13/02/2014, Last Updated Fri 14/02/2014

Five things Tony Abbott could do TODAY to help keep Australian jobs

Unemployment is now at its highest level for 10 years, yet there is no plan to stop the losses in manufacturing and construction, or do anything about dodgy imports that undermine local production, the National Secretary of the CFMEU, Michael O’Connor said today.

Mr O’Connor has detailed five things Tony Abbott could immediately do to help keep Australian jobs.

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Dave Noonan CFMEU Construction National Secretary
Created Wed 12/02/2014, Last Updated Mon 17/02/2014

Union calls for Abbott to investigate slush funds linked to LNP

The CFMEU has expressed grave concern that the narrow terms of the Royal Commission appear to exclude slush funds in the construction industry that are linked to the LNP.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary, Dave Noonan said if Tony Abbott was serious about shining a torch on slush funds, there is no reason why property developer Walton Construction and Steve Nolan Construction should be exempt from being investigated by the Royal Commission.

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Created Mon 10/02/2014, Last Updated Mon 10/02/2014

Royal Commission into unions: Abbott’s back door to cut wages and conditions

Media Release

10 February 2014

The $100 million Royal Commission into unions is nothing but a political stunt designed to create a smokescreen for the Abbott Government to cut wages and conditions of Australian workers, the CFMEU said today.

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Created Thu 6/02/2014, Last Updated Thu 6/02/2014

Napthine Government singling out Construction workers

Media Release

5 February 2014

The CFMEU is calling on the Napthine Government to stop singling out construction workers in response to media reports regarding drug testing on government jobs.

Victorian Secretary John Setka said that there is no evidence in any study on drug and alcohol use that construction workers have a bigger problem than the general community.

“There is no epidemic of drug taking on construction sites.

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Temporary Visa Workforce Grows While Australian Jobs Dry up on Abbott’s Watch

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said today that new figures provide more evidence the Abbott government is not serious about protecting Australian jobs.

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Created Tue 28/01/2014, Last Updated Wed 29/01/2014

Statement from National Secretary Dave Noonan

27 January 2014

Statement from National Secretary Dave Noonan

The CFMEU acts in the interests of workers in the construction industry at all times.

Our officials work hard to recover millions of dollars in pay and entitlements for workers every year.

The vast majority of our officials are hardworking people who are dedicated to improving the lives of construction workers.

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Legendary 1960s BLF Secretary Pat Malone (in suit) with members on Point Henry aluminium smelter in 1962 following a successful dispute over wages. Joe Pearl stands two places to Pat’s left and BLF organiser Marco Masterson is on the far right of picture.
Created Thu 23/01/2014, Last Updated Fri 24/01/2014

Back in the day.

A while back the office of the CFMEU Worker received a BLF journal from the early 1960s that contained some great yarns.

It had been passed on by Joe Pearl, a retired member from Geelong, who dug it out of the union archives at Melbourne University. When they got in touch with Joe, he gave them some stories of his own from the days when the Builders Labourers Federation was a rising force.

From injuries to victories, Joe's yarns tell of a time far removed from where we are today. He speaks fondly and proudly of what was a time of great transformation in the industry.

You can read Joe's stories, and see the BLF journal straight out of the 1960's on our Vic branch's site by clicking here.

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Tony Maher, President CFMEU Mining & Energy Division
Created Tue 21/01/2014, Last Updated Tue 21/01/2014

Cancel corrupt mining licenses, ban corrupt individuals: CFMEU

Premier Barry O’Farrell should cancel corruptly-obtained mining licenses and make sure individuals found corrupt by ICAC never get their hands on a mining license again, the miners’ union said today.

CFMEU National President Tony Maher welcomed the Premier’s move to cancel the Doyles Creek, Mount Penny and Glendon Brook licenses without compensation and said corrupt individuals should face sanctions preventing their access to lucrative mining licenses.

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“This project is worth in excess of $3.7 billion to the Northern Tasmanian region alone," Michael O'Connor.
Created Mon 20/01/2014, Last Updated Mon 20/01/2014

Pulp mill certainty a vital step for new jobs for Tasmanians

The union representing pulp, paper and forestry workers has welcomed Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings’ decision to recall parliament later this month, prior to the March 15 election, to pass legislation providing greater certainty for potential buyers of the Bell Bay Pulp Mill project.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union said local workers and the northern Tasmanian community had been struggling to deal with the loss of jobs and investment following the closures of the Burnie and Wesley Vale pulp mills in 2010.