The front page story in the Australian this morning proves Tony Abbott’s Coalition plans to rip up the Fair Work Act and resume their attacks on workers with Work Choices industrial laws, the CFMEU said today.
“Eric Abetz’s revelation that the Coalition will reintroduce their National Code for the construction industry and target infrastructure jobs is a clear indication of their intentions,” said CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan.
The Coalition’s cuts to infrastructure spending and opposition to mandatory Australian Industry Participation Plans will lead to substantial job losses, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has warned.
The Coalition’s $8 billion cuts in infrastructure funding will put a stop to many existing projects, and prevent new projects from getting off the ground.
“Tony Abbott’s infrastructure cuts combined with the abolition of the requirement for local jobs plans will impact directly on jobs in this country. The combination of their policies means less work for Australian suppliers for projects which go ahead and fewer projects due to the cuts,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.
The Australian manufacturing industry has been dealt a blow thanks to the Coalition’s failure to address the thousands of dodgy building and other manufactured products being imported into Australia that do not conform with local standards, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.
The union said the Coalition’s Policy to Boost the Competitiveness of Australian Manufacturing also appeared to be softening previous pledges by the Opposition around ensuring imports meet the standards which locally produced products conform to, and which Australian consumers rightly expect.
Claims* that Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project was being held up by investor insecurity over the Enterprise Migration Agreement, which she has sought in order to bring in 1715 temporary foreign workers, are not based in the reality of Australia’s current labour market, according to Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union National Assistant Secretary Dave Noonan.
“It appears that Hancock Prospecting is champing at the bit to get the Coalition elected so they can turn on the tap of temporary overseas labour, regardless of the fact that unemployment in this country is rising and many Australians are looking for work,” Mr Noonan commented.
Monash report confirms young Australian workers missing out on local jobs
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today welcomed the release of a new Monash report as an important contribution to the debate on temporary visa policies and jobs for young Australians.
The report titled “Scarce Jobs: Migrants or Locals at the end of the Queue?” is from the Monash Centre for Population and Urban Research and was authored by Bob Birrell and Ernest Healey.
“The Monash report vindicates the Government’s 457 legislation passed in June 2013 giving Australian workers more protections in the 457 visa program,” said Dave Noonan, National Assistant Secretary of the CFMEU.
The CFMEU finds it offensive to workers, that a company with a poor track record on safety should be presenting itself as a paragon of workplace safety at the Queensland Safe Work Week Breakfast Seminar in Gladstone this morning.
“The worker airlifted from Bechtel’s Curtis Island project near Gladstone on Saturday was not the first to have to be evacuated from the major LNG project due to injury at work,” said CFMEU QLD/NT Secretary Michael Ravbar.
“Today’s Safe Work Week breakfast seminar in Gladstone should be critically examining the multinational’s third rate health and safety record in Australia, not accepting the company as a major sponsor of the event.”
The CFMEU FFPD has today launched an online petition on the Australian Unions Action Centre website calling on the incoming government to support pulp and paper workers' jobs by buying more Australian made paper and less imports.
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The petition states: "I call on the incoming government to support local pulp and paper jobs by making sure the government and its agencies buy more Australian made paper and less imports."
The CFMEU today condemned Tony Abbott’s Apprentice loan scheme as a policy to shift the cost of training from governments and employers to individual apprentices.
National Secretary of the CFMEU Construction Division, Dave Noonan, said: “It’s a dog of a policy and would take apprenticeships backwards.”
The CFMEU today welcomed the decision of Fair Work Australia that delivers an increase in apprenticeship wages.
National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the historic decision will help make apprenticeships more attractive to young people considering their career options.
“We have campaigned long and hard to lift apprentice wages above the poverty line – where they have been for a long time.”
Vote for your rights on Sept 7
Why would a Prime Minister want to deny job opportunities to his own people, to those who elected him, by allowing business to bring in temporary labour from overseas instead of employing local workers?
Tony Abbott voted against the Government’s legislation requiring job advertisement. He says “457s will be the mainstay of Coalition policy”. So denying job opportunities to his own people is exactly what he’ll do, if he is elected on September 7.
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