Published: 19 Oct 2018

Federal Government intervention on behalf of business to wind back the WorkPac v Skene Federal Court decision will give big mining companies the green light to keep exploiting casual workers in permanent, on-going roles.

Despite employer rhetoric about the impact on small business, the Skene decision responds to the exploitative practices of the world’s biggest, richest, multinational mining companies, said CFMEU National President Tony Maher.

Published: 13 Sep 2018

The CFMEU is setting up a youth crew in SA to get young workers involved in the union.

The first meeting is coming up this month at the union office in Adelaide.

Come along if your under 35 and bring some workmates along.

Published: 16 Aug 2018

The Full Federal Court has today upheld a decision that casual workers are entitled to paid leave if they work in on-going, regular arrangements.

This is a major victory over rampant misuse of casual labour hire workers in coal mining and the broader workforce.

The decision to uphold the court’s 2016 Skene v Federal Circuit Court judgment means that workers described as casuals by labour hire companies may not meet the definition of a casual worker under the Fair Work Act and may therefore be eligible for annual leave and other entitlements.

Published: 8 Aug 2018

The Textile Clothing & Footwear Sector of the CFMEU Manufacturing Division is seeking a new organiser/compliance officer to join our high energy, passionate, progressive organising team in New South Wales.

Click here to download the job advertisement. 

Published: 12 Jul 2018

CFMEU members affected by privacy breaches at BHP and Glencore are encouraged to take steps to prevent potential misuse of their personal details following a privacy breach.

A significant number of employees at the two companies have had their tax payment summary information, including tax file numbers and personal details, emailed to a third party.  

To protect against fraudulent use of information, members should consider:

Published: 27 Jun 2018

Workers at the Kimberly Clark Australia paper mill in Millicent have this week commenced a series of indefinite rolling industrial stoppages in an effort to end a four-year wage freeze.

The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union said workers were frustrated that the company continued to drag its feet after four years of negotiations for a new workplace agreement, during which time there had not been a single pay increase.

Published: 22 May 2018

Applications close: Thursday May 31st

2 organiser positions

The Manufacturing Division is a new division of the CFMEU formed as a result of the Textile Clothing & Footwear Union (TCFUA) amalgamating with the CFMEU Forestry & Furnishing Products Division (FFPD).

Location: Victoria – worksites in both Melbourne and Regional/Country locations

Our Organiser will

Published: 27 Apr 2018


The latest edition of the CFMEU Manufacturing newsletter is out now! It's your one-stop-shop for all the latest news across our division.

In this issue:

Published: 22 Apr 2018

5 years ago more than 1,100 workers died at the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. It was a wake up call for much of the world, telling us the real cost of cheap clothing.

On Tuesday April 24th at 5:30pm we will be attending a wreath-laying ceremony comemorating those workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse. 

Published: 28 Mar 2018

The Turnbull Government’s partisan watchdog, the Australian Building and Construction Commission, has been left with egg on its face over its petty and costly pursuit of construction workers and their representatives for having an informal catch up at work.

Last year, Nigel Hadgkiss, former ABCC boss, brought a case against two union officials for dropping in on workmates and having a cup of tea at a construction site in Melbourne in 2014.


Authorised by Michael O'Connor, National Secretary, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne Vic 3000