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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics jobs data is a clear sign that the Federal Government is not taking the issue of jobs seriously, instead pursuing a zealous agenda of cuts, deregulation and witch hunts, according to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
“While some 32,000 full-time workers have lost their jobs, the Abbott Government has made its priorities clear: instead of working to save jobs they have spent their time in office so far pursuing vendettas on behalf of their mates at the big end of town,” CFMEU president Tony Maher said.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has rejected a push by the Australian Industry Group to increase Australia’s skilled migration intake, describing it as the wrong solution that fails both Australian young people and the nation’s long-term skills needs.
CFMEU Construction Division assistant national secretary Brad Parker said the push by Ai Group was not based on a sound case that Australia faces shortages. In fact, the Coalition Government is projecting the very opposite – that is, rising unemployment and weakening labour demand in Australia. Industry is simply attempting to undermine local workers' wages and conditions.
A young worker has tragically died after falling 30 metres from scaffolding at the Barangaroo construction site in Sydney this morning.
The second death in the space of just three months at Fortescue Metals' Christmas Creek mine in the Pilbara is an extremely disturbing development that demands immediate investigation, West Australian Secretary of the CFMEU Construction Division Mick Buchan said today.
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