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CFMEU call for full investigation into John Holland

The CFMEU has called for a full investigation into John Holland’s suitability to hold a Comcare licence and an investigation into safety on every one of their sites.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the revelations in The Australian today, regarding the deplorable safety standards on the Brisbane Airport Link site that commenced in 2008 and saw the tragic death of a worker, require a thorough investigation by all the regulatory authorities.

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Immigration Minister urged to intervene over exploited Hungarian workers allegations

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been urged to intervene to prevent the deportation of 20 Hungarian workers, and protect them from being victimised by their employer, after the men were allegedly ripped off and exploited under the 457 guest worker visa.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has written to the Minister calling on him to ensure the workers who blew the whistle on their employer for allegedly paying them well below the Australian minimum wage are allowed to remain in Australia until a thorough investigation is complete.

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Dave Noonan (left) with Ark Tribe after court victory 24 Nov 2010.
Created Fri 15/11/2013, Last Updated Mon 18/11/2013

Stop the witch hunt against blue collar workers: CFMEU

The Abbott Government should dump its proposed legislation to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission because the repressive laws discriminate against blue collar workers, the CFMEU said today.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the laws were part of the Coalition’s campaign against building workers which included threats to wages and conditions, new building codes to blacklist contractors with union agreements, and opening up the floodgates on 457 visas.

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Discrimination not acceptable: Dave Noonan

"The first sitting of the new federal parliament will see the Abbott government move to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission," writes Dave Noonan in The Australian today.

"This should be of concern to the community: these laws, which don't apply to any other sector of the workforce, discriminate against construction workers.

"The government apparently believes that discrimination against blue -collar workers in a particular industry is acceptable.

"If they had plans to do the same to other sectors of our community on the basis of gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background, there would be,  justifiably, an outcry."

Read more Dave Noonan's Message,  published in The Australian today.

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Out now! Hardhat Express November 2013

The November issue of the CFMEU Construction national newsletter is out now and available from Branches or your CFMEU Organiser. Get copies of the newsletter for your smoko room today.

Or download the November 2013 issue Hardhat Express here for messages for members from the CFMEU Construction National Conference 2013 and plans and actions for 2014-2016.

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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.
Created Thu 17/10/2013, Last Updated Wed 23/10/2013

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.