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Created Thu 22/08/2013, Last Updated Thu 22/08/2013

Out now! Hardhat Express August 2013

Download the latest issue of the CFMEU Construction national newsletter, Hardhat Express, for the union news and views on the September 7 election; 457 visa law reform; the launch of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and onsite stories.

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Created Mon 19/08/2013, Last Updated Mon 19/08/2013

CFMEU WA wins justice for FIFO workers

The CFMEU has had a huge win in the High Court of Australia for our members working in remote locations. Workers living in employer provided accommodation can now make a decision to take protected action, unburdened from the knowledge that if they do so, they will have nowhere to go at night.

WA Branch Legal/Industrial Officer Jack Nicholas will discuss the High Court decision on ABC Radio National Law Report at 5.30pm (EST) tomorrow, 20 August.  The programme is repeated at 5.30am on Wednesday.

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Why Mr Abbott? videos

"Why Mr Abbott - would you give jobs to temporary overseas workers instead of looking for locals first?"
Fitter Ben:  "I've trained a lot of these guys and now I've been put out of a job."- Watch on You Tube

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Why Mr Abbott - should we give you the top job when you won't help us get one?

CFMEU launches national election campaign targeting Opposition on 457 expansion plans

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has launched a national election campaign that features real workers whose livelihoods have been threatened by the rampant abuse of the 457 visa system, or who fear the consequences for their job and training opportunities.

The Campaign targets key marginal seats in five states and the NT.

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Created Mon 12/08/2013, Last Updated Tue 13/08/2013

Support the Yallourn 75 - Rally in Melbourne on Friday!

A group of operators at Yallourn Power Station has been locked out of their work by Energy Australia for over two months.

On Friday the Yallourn 75, as they are known, will travel to Melbourne where they will rally at City Square before marching to Energy Australia HQ in Bourke Street.

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CFMEU calls on Abbott and Rudd to rule out bowing down to demands of Chinese Resource Companies

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has called on both Labor and the Coalition to reject outright the possibility of bringing in Chinese labourers for the purpose of building mining projects in Australia, following comments by the Executive Vice President of the Chinese Mining Association in Melbourne yesterday.

CFMEU Construction Division national secretary Dave Noonan said that the request from Mr Wang Jiahua to bring in Chinese workers and employ them under their terms was unacceptable.

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Major Win for CFMEU Let’s Spread it Around campaign for Pulp and Paper Workers on Government Procurement

A change in Government policy announced today will help protect the jobs of thousands of pulp and paper workers.

Along with anti-dumping changes, this is one of the CFMEU pulp and paper workers' most important victories to date as part of the Union’s Let’s Spread it Around Campaign which calls for Government policies which support manufacturing jobs.

Key Points:

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Rally today 8 Aug 11.30am Parliament Steps.
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SA workers rally for entitlements on major jobs

The CFMEU is calling for action today from the State and federal governments to address underpayments and mistreatment of workers on major government projects in South Australia.

The union is rallying on the steps of Parliament in Adelaide in support of hundreds of workers who have lost wages, super and other entitlements on major construction projects including the Superway project, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Adelaide Oval.

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Are you enrolled to vote?

The deadline to enrol to vote is 8pm, Monday 12 August.

Have your say in the Federal Election on Saturday 7 September - make sure you are enrolled to vote!

To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol online on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website. If you are already enrolled, you can change your address and check that your details are all correct.

If someone you know is not enrolled, share this information with them.

Enrol online before 8pm Monday 12 August and have your say in the Federal Election.

Go to the AEC's online enrolment form at http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/

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Created Mon 5/08/2013, Last Updated Wed 7/08/2013

Climbing unemployment and weakening economy leaves RBA with no option but to move on interest rates

The Reserve Bank of Australia must end months of inaction and deliver a further cut to interest rates in light of the weakening economy and a forecast unemployment rate of 6.25 per cent by the middle of next year, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the Federal Government’s updated economic statement released last week confirmed worsening economic conditions, with tens of thousands of Australians predicted to be added to the jobless queue during this financial year.