Two major billboards demanding an end to the use of 100 per cent ‘Fly In Fly Out’ workforces on Bowen Basin coal mines have been installed on major highways around Mackay as part of the CFMEU push to ensure regional communities receive the full benefits of the resources boom.
More billboards, calling for more apprenticeships for local workers and fewer on 457 overseas temporary work visas, went up at Townsville, Gladstone South and Rockhampton late last week.
A new satirical video has been released showing militant employers protesting in Sydney and demanding greater access to the controversial 457 visa scheme.
The renewed employer push comes as a major expo opens today at the Hyatt Regency in Perth, targeting 457 workers and others in Australia temporarily and offering to provide attendees “all the information you need to settle in Australia.”
The CFMEU is proud to announce that Koori Job Ready has been nominated for the prestigious Deadlys® Awards and invites members and supporters of the Indigenous training program to vote for them in the Awards.
The Deadlys® is an annual event held at the Opera House, celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, sport and the Community. Koori Job Ready has been nominated for a Deadlys® Award in Employment, in the Community section.
The CFMEU is drawing members’ attention to a particularly nasty scam that is targeting migrants and holders of temporary work visas.
Scammers impersonating government officials are calling visa holders and claiming that there is a problem with a fictitious number, which they are calling the ‘Citizenship and Immigration Services Alien’ (CISA) number. The scam victim is told that they must immediately pay an upfront fee, usually about $900, to fix their CISA number or they risk deportation.
Mineworkers have joined residents opposing plans for a 400-person temporary workers camp in the Central Tablelands town of Gulgong, the Miners’ Union says.
CFMEU members have objected to plans for a FIFO/DIDO-style Mac Camp beside the town, saying it would be bad news for families, local workers and the Gulgong community. Workers are expected to join residents in a community forum about the plan, tonight at 6pm at the CWA Hall.
TCFUA National Secretary Michele O’Neil sent the following message of thanks to CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan for the Union’s support of the TCFUA Benefit for Bangladesh on June 27:
"Thank you so much for your union's contribution to our Benefit for Bangladesh. We greatly appreciated your solidarity and your support will go a long way in assisting workers in Bangladesh.
"We had a very successful night and raised over $26,000. The money raised will go directly to workers and their families and will also assist in raising the standards of health and safety for workers in garment factories in Bangladesh.
Billboard ads are now going up in Bedford, Kewdale, Redcliffe and Welshpool in Perth, with the faces of three young workers hoping for a career in construction. The new billboards will raise awareness of the need for more apprenticeships for local workers and fewer on 457 overseas temporary work visas.
Three young workers hoping for a career in construction are the faces of a billboard initiative starting this week in Sydney. The new billboards, which go up this week across the city, will raise awareness of the need for more apprenticeships for locals and fewer workers on 457 overseas temporary work visas.
As Australia marks Diabetes Week, CFMEU SA’s Healthy Worker Adviser is reminding construction workers to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of diabetes and to exercise and maintain a healthy diet, as ways of preventing the most common type 2 diabetes.
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