It was no surprise to the CFMEU to read about Chinese workers employed unlawfully as plasterers in the Victorian construction industry and their exploitation as reported on the front page of The Sunday Age last week.
Around Australia, the CFMEU has encountered numerous instances of Chinese plasterers, both lawful and unlawful, being employed by unscrupulous employers taking advantage of the workers’ visa status, lack of knowledge of their rights, their pay and conditions.
International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future while also recognising the existence of a range of barriers to women achieving equality and economic security.
The CFMEU recognises that women have made gains in realising some basic rights, but that inequalities persist and continue to disadvantage women. This is evidenced by the fact that women, on average earn $1 million less than men over a lifetime.
The CFMEU has accused Theiss of a cover up regarding safety after the company called the police on a union organiser yesterday who tried to get on the Regional Rail Link site.
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that there had been a culture of covering up bad safety practices on the job for some time which the union had fought to address.
Abolition of the Australian Jobs Act would see major projects across the country employing fewer Australians.
Concerns that the Government plans to abolish Australian Industry Participation Plans by repealing the Jobs Act have been heightened by the Government’s call for a review of the Act.
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said repealing the Jobs Act would mean fewer opportunities for Australian companies – and therefore fewer Australian jobs - on major transport, energy and other projects.
Another attack on construction workers as Victorian official is hauled into police van for going on site
A Victorian CFMEU organiser was handcuffed and thrown into a police van today when he tried to get on a job in response to a call from workers on the site regarding safety issues.
The organiser was on the job in response to call from a member on the Regional Rail Link job when Thiess management called the police.
The safety issues involved access and egress to a wall that was being pulled and lifting tilt up panels.
The so-called “independent” review of the 457 Visa program announced today by Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaela Cash leaves many questions unanswered, according to the CFMEU.
CFMEU National Assistant Secretary, Dave Noonan said that the union welcomes any genuine review of the 457 Visa program.
“We believe the more light that’s shone on the 457 visa program the better. But the review announced by Senator Cash is unbalanced with apparently no formal terms of reference.
“It’s a one page media release and cites a reporting date of mid 2014 which is only 16 weeks away,” said Mr Noonan.
Seventy six workers are set to be prosecuted by the Federal Government in West Australia for allegedly attending a rally a year ago organised to lobby for employment and training opportunities for young people.
The Fair Work Building Commission is serving summonses on the workers – all from Crown Construction – who attended the rally on February 28, 2013 in Perth as part of a union and community campaign to push for local jobs and local content in West Australia’s mining sector.
The royal commission on union corruption turns a blind eye to business
The Abbott government's announcement of a royal commission on unions, including the CFMEU, continues a rich tradition of Liberal governments calling royal commissions on unions, CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan writes in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald today.
In construction, there have been four in the past 40 years, all called by Liberal leaders. In a speech to the National Press Club in 1981, Lionel Murphy noted that royal commissions tended to have predetermined outcomes, particularly if generated in response to allegations of criminal behaviour. This was, he noted, the reverse of the court system: in royal commissions, as in Alice's wonderland, the verdict precedes the trial.
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.
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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