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Published: 6 May 2016

Boosting apprenticeships levels through government mandate quotas would help young people into long term and successful careers in the construction industry while addressing the shortfall of skilled workers, according to the CFMEU.

National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said this would provide proven benefits for workers, employers and the economy instead of the government’s cheap labour scheme that goes nowhere for young people.



Published: 4 May 2016

The CFMEU have called on Mr Hadgkiss to resign as director of the Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) and seek pre-selection for the Liberal Party, following his address to the AiG yesterday while the government is in election mode.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the behaviour of Mr Hadgkiss was extraordinarily inappropriate for a head of government regulator. 

“The FWBC have been running a highly political campaign against the union at the behest of the Liberal Government in order to beef up support for the return of the ABCC,” he said.



Published: 2 May 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has labelled as a “national disgrace” the Government’s plan to use imported ballot paper in the upcoming federal election.

The union is urging the Government and the Australian Electoral Commission to rule out using imported paper.

Australian Paper mill worker and CFMEU Maryvale Sub-branch Secretary Anthony Pavey said the Government had put local jobs at risk by preferring imports over Australia made paper.



Published: 27 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union calls on workers everywhere to speak out on health and safety issues to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.

CFMEU members work in some of the most dangerous industries in Australia, where a worker is seriously injured or killed every 6 minutes.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the union had a long and proud history of fighting for workers’ occupational health and safety.



Published: 20 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union calls on Malcolm Turnbull to act on multinational tax avoidance that robs Australia of better schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects.

A report published today by tax experts at the University of Technology, Sydney, shows how some of the world’s biggest companies are short-changing Australians by shifting profits to offshore tax havens.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor has called on Malcolm Turnbull to put the interests of everyday Australians ahead of foreign-owned companies and the big end of town.



Published: 19 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union welcomes the defeat of the ABCC legislation, calling it a big win for workers, their families and the communities that rely on their jobs. 

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor acknowledged the many efforts of the union’s supporters in campaigning against the ABCC Bill, which was last night voted down in Parliament.

“The ABCC was nothing more than a Liberal Party attack on working people and their families,” Mr O’Connor said.



Published: 18 Apr 2016

The CFMEU is launching a television ad today in order to inform Australians of the true nature of the ABCC bill which is set to be debated in both houses of Parliament tomorrow.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recalled Parliament specifically for this bill and has stated if it fails to pass, there will be a double dissolution election.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that most Australians are not aware of the seriousness of the laws that the government wants to introduce and how they will affect ordinary working people.



Published: 15 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union has called on Malcolm Turnbull to stand up for local jobs as the Anti-Dumping Commission reveals it will investigate office paper imports from 
China.

The Government has been complicit in China’s dumping of paper, with Malcolm Turnbull’s own department of Prime Minister and Cabinet sourcing 77 per cent of paper from countries that undercut 
local suppliers.

The decision by the A-DC comes as Malcolm Turnbull prepares to sit down with China’s leaders today. 



Published: 13 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union welcomed the latest Essential Poll results, showing Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity on the slide.

In the last poll before Parliament returns to debate the Australian Building and Construction Commission, today’s Essential Poll indicates voters have strongly rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s election pitch based on the ABCC.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the poll was further evidence voters did not support Malcolm Turnbull's attack on workers in the construction transport and maritime industries.



Published: 13 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to fight for Aussie jobs when he meets with China’s leaders this week.

China is a major contributor of cheap and substandard products that are dumped in Australia each year. Malcolm Turnbull has done nothing to stem the flow of these dangerous products that are a threat to safety and jobs.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor called on Malcolm Turnbull to fight for Australian workers and their families.



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