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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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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

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CFMEU launches Look Local First petition to stop repeal of 457 legislation

The CFMEU launched a petition today calling on Scott Morrison, the Immigration Minister, to resist the business lobby’s calls to undo the recently passed 457 legislation which provides safeguards for Australian workers.

The legislation makes advertising jobs in Australia mandatory and places an onus of proof on employers to genuinely search for suitable Australian citizens and permanent residents to fill positions, before they can apply to employ workers on 457 Temporary Visas. It also places training obligations on employers who do engage 457 workers.

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“If it wasn’t for the union stepping in and all the workers standing together this might never have been fixed," Mick Buchan.
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CFMEU WA steps in to recover $150,000 in unpaid wages on Perth Airport

The CFMEU uncovered in excess of $150,000 unpaid wages involving up to 46 workers on the new Perth International Terminal (1) developed by Leighton’s Holdings subsidiary Broad Constructions. To add to that, workers on the site had also not been paid their statutory requirements including superannuation and long service leave involving many more thousands of dollars.

The new terminal is a Federal government project funded by superannuation investment funds.

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“Nigel Hadgkiss has a history steeped in bias against construction workers and their unions,” Dave Noonan.
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No balance in the leadership of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate: CFMEU

The appointment of Nigel Hadgkiss as Director and John Lloyd as Chair of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (FWBII) has been criticised by the CFMEU, as being unbalanced.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said Minister for Employment, Eric Abetz’s announcement was no surprise, but it was nevertheless disappointing as both Mr Hadgkiss and Mr Lloyd have a record of bias.

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Stand up. Speak out. Come home.

Watch new CFMEU video on YouTube

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Rally against QLD changes to Workers Comp

CFMEU members will rally today with other Queenslanders at 12.30pm Thursday outside Parliament House in Brisbane and in other centres against the LNP government’s changes to Workers’ Compensation.

These changes, to be rammed through Parliament on Thursday, will hit the most vulnerable in our society the families and children of injured workers.

Photos from the Brisbane rally: Facebook Workcover Rally Parliament House

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David Hanna & Michael Ravbar announcing the integration of their Branches at Conference.
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Workers are the winners in merger of CFMEU branches in Queensland

The two branches of the CFMEU Construction Division announced today that they intend to form a single Queensland/Northern Territory branch.

The announcement was made at the biennial CFMEU Construction National Conference in Cairns where delegates are discussing and planning policy and programs for the union.

Delegates were touched by the emotion expressed by leaders of both branches – David Hanna and Michael Ravbar – in achieving the merger for the benefit of construction workers.

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"More of us need to speak out and stop the silence on this issue," Noonan.
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Real men don't abuse women - CFMEU launches anti-violence campaign

The CFMEU today will launch a campaign to curb violence against women.

The campaign called: Real men don’t abuse women aims to spread the message that violence against women is unacceptable and to encourage more men to speak out against it.

The campaign will be launched at the union’s National Conference following an address by MUA Assistant Secretary and White Ribbon Ambassador, Mick Doleman.

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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.

Read Dave Noonan's full address to Conference