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Published: 2 Apr 2020

The union representing textile clothing and footwear (TCF) workers in Australia is calling on Border Force to lift their game to stop Australia from being flooded with dodgy medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
An overnight report on a leak from an anonymous law enforcement official claiming that hundreds of thousands of dodgy masks started arriving in Australia three weeks ago is alarming.
This revelation follows reports of a global spike in the production of fake PPE products mislabelled with brand names of well-known medical supply companies.



Published: 6 Feb 2020

Employers, industry groups and the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union have co-funded a TV advertisement to thank workers in the timber industry who performed and are performing vital work to protect homes and lives during the recent and current bushfires.

The commercial features stunning footage taken by a forestry worker as he and his workmates cleared a containment line in regional Victoria. It will air for two weeks across all major networks and be supported by an expansive social media campaign.



Published: 5 Feb 2020

Victoria’s timber industry is the lifeblood of many regional towns and communities. But did you know that timber workers also help to keep us safe during bushfires?

During the recent bushfires, workers from across the timber industry provided their equipment, expertise and skills to clear containment lines and remove dangerous trees. One of these workers captured some incredible footage of this vital work - and we’re putting it on TV to make sure all of Victoria knows.

You can watch the ad below



Published: 23 Jan 2020



Published: 10 Jan 2020



Published: 12 Nov 2019

The Victorian Government’s plan to end native forestry has been slammed as a kick in the guts to Victorian timber workers and the communities which rely on the industry.

The Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union said that while no one denied the industry faced challenges, the Government’s response was deeply flawed, completely inadequate, and far from being a viable or fair transition plan.

“This is not the way to respond to an industry facing challenges,” Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.



Published: 3 Oct 2019

Unions have described the Federal Government’s tripling of the number of Polish citizens eligible to work in Australia on Working Holiday Visas as a kick in the guts to local unemployed workers.

Immigration Minister David Coleman yesterday announced that, effective immediately, an additional 1000 annual visa places had been made available for Polish nationals, adding to the approximately 135,000 working holiday visa holders already in Australia.



Published: 23 Sep 2019

CFMEU Manufacturing has moved. 

Our new office is 165 Bouverie Street, Carlton.

You can still contact us by phone or emai:

1800 060 556

[email protected] 



Published: 8 May 2019

Today’s announcement that a Federal Labor Government would provide ongoing funding of $2 million a year to support the important work of Ethical Clothing Australia has been welcomed by the CFMEU Manufacturing Division, which represents workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industries.

Ethical Clothing Australia runs an accreditation and audit program which ensures Australian manufacturers’ supply chains are fully transparent, legally compliant and that workers’ rights are protected, including homeworkers and outworkers, who are among the most vulnerable in the industry.



Published: 25 Apr 2019

Jenny Kruschel, National Secretary of the TCF Sector of the CFMEU Manufacturing Division spoke at a tribute to the workers who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza tragedy on April 24th 2013, the anniversary of the horrendous factory fire and building collapse that killed 1,134 workers and injured more than 2,500 in Bangladesh.

The Union laid a wreath and held a minute's silence to remember the workers whose lives were lost and those who were injured.



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