2019 CFMEU Manufacturing Division National Conference resolutions
1. Fight for Our Rights
1. Condemns the three proposed anti-worker laws.
2. Acknowledges that these changes to the law are nothing more than attacks on workers’ ability to come together as a union team to make changes in their workplaces, industries and communities.
3. Resolves to participate in the movement wide campaign to stop these outrageous attacks on working people by providing our delegates with the information and support needed to get more members active in this fight.
4. Commits that if any part of our union is attacked, our entire union will unite to fightback.
2. Recruitment and Growth
1. Commends officials, organisers and delegates on their commitment and focus on growth in 2019.
2. Reaffirms our commitment to growing the Manufacturing Division and the whole of the union movement.
3. Acknowledges the role that supply chain accountability measures can play in organising and growth on a bigger scale.
4. Supports resourcing new and innovative ways of incorporating supply chain campaigning including onsite/offsite activities into our work.
3. Ethical Clothing Australia
This conference acknowledges the important role that Ethical Clothing Australia and in particular the union compliance team plays in making sure that low paid, vulnerable workers in the TCF supply chain are not exploited and that workplace health and safety standards are upheld.
4. Growth Campaigning
1. Acknowledges that we will need to try new things in order to get big enough and powerful enough in time to defeat the many attacks on working people.
- Reaffirms that growth and delegate development are two priorities for the Division.
- Supports trialling initiatives that allow us to achieve these priorities as quickly as possible.
5. Workers Capital
1. Recognises that workers’ capital strategies are another way for us to act collectively to improve our members’ workplaces, industries and communities.
- Condemns ongoing attacks on working peoples’ ability to have a collective voice in how their capital is managed.
- Commit to increasing member education about how workers’ capital can be used to improve standards for workers.
- Urges the ACTU to increase resources available to coordinate a whole-of-union approach to using workers’ capital to improve workplace standards.
6. Workplace Health & Safety
- Reaffirms our commitment that every worker has a right to be safe at work.
- Commends the members, officials and legal team involved in the class action to hold big business accountable for their actions that have risked workers’ lives.
- Condemns the government for allowing unsafe building products into Australia & failing to hold big businesses accountable for their dodgy business practices costing people their lives.
- Commits to play our part in making sure that all materials used in all our workplaces are safe.
- Acknowledges the need for workers’ to have more information available to them on the risks from unsafe workplace materials and will include this information in Health and Safety Representative and Delegate training courses.
- Calls on state and federal governments to make employers accountable for the integrity and safety of housing and construction materials that are available in Australia.
- Calls on state and federal governments to adequately resource the regulatory and compliance frameworks that are meant to keep workers and consumers safe.
- Condemns the illegal importation of substandard building and construction materials that undercut the safety of workers and consumers.
7. Skill Recognition
This conference demands that:
- The Australian manufacturing industry provides increased ongoing paid skills development training for workers across all sectors over the course of their working lives.
- The Australian manufacturing industry provide increased apprenticeships and other paid training positions across all sectors as a way of improving wage and job security for workers.
- Federal and state governments provide proper funding to the public system of trade, vocational and technical education.
- All industry stakeholders support a competency based assessment programme that recognises the value of work in our industries.
- All industry stakeholders support initiatives that provide workers with clear opportunities for career progression through the relevant mix of workplace, trade, technical and tertiary education.