Published: 23 Jun 2016

Employment figures released today show that Australia has hemorrhaged 93 jobs a day in the manufacturing and mining industries on Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull’s watch.

The ABS Labour Force Detailed Quarterly statistics show there are 44,000 fewer manufacturing jobs and 49,000 fewer mining jobs compared with when the Coalition took power in 2013.

“Australia now has the lowest proportion of manufacturing jobs in the OECD,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.

Published: 23 Jun 2016

In a big win for the campaign for good, steady jobs, Labor today announced their intention to review the definition of casual work.

Labor is the first major party to respond to the Steady Jobs campaign, which calls for a comprehensive plan to minimise the harm caused by insecure work arrangements.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Executive Vice President Mitch Hughes said it was now incumbent on LNP MPs in Queensland to explain whether they support a review.

Published: 21 Jun 2016

Report demolishes Turnbull’s claims that union EBAs are curbing investment in infrastructure

Claims made by Liberal politicians and the Master Builders Association that wage increases for construction workers is inhibiting infrastructure investment has been totally discredited by a report released today by BIS Shrapnel that shows that construction costs for infrastructure projects are at record lows. 

Published: 20 Jun 2016

The Federal Government has failed workers by deciding not to put tariffs on 30 billion sheets of photocopy paper flooding the Australian market every year.

Last week, the Anti-Dumping Commission, which has been investigating photocopy paper imported from China, Indonesia, Thailand and Brazil since April, failed to act against the imports. 

1000 manufacturing jobs at the largest private sector employer in Gippsland’s Latrobe Valley Australian Paper and five thousand more flow on jobs are under pressure due to the decision. 

Published: 15 Jun 2016

The CFMEU has labelled the latest instalment of the Fair Work Building Commission’s (FWBC) crusade against workers as bizarre, in the wake of a warning to workers on the Ichthys project in the Northern Territory that they could be sacked if they wore union stickers on their hard hats.

CFMEU National Assistant Secretary Dave Noonan said that there was no law preventing workers from wearing union stickers.

“To have your livelihood threatened because you choose to wear a sticker on your hardhat is another appalling example of the behavior of the FWBC. 

Published: 8 Jun 2016

Labor’s plan to boost apprenticeships is a welcome initiative to fill skills gap

The CFMEU has welcomed Labor’s initiative to increase apprentice numbers through ensuing a proportion of jobs on major federally funded projects are delivered as apprenticeships.

National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the plan which will commence with a target of one in ten jobs on infrastructure projects for apprentices, was in stark contrast to the Liberal party’s efforts to stop apprentice quotas.  

Published: 3 Jun 2016

The Turnbull Government’s big pitch to voters is in tatters with a report out today that Australia has the lowest proportion of manufacturing jobs in the OECD, the CFMEU said today.

And casting more doubt over the growth and job creation benefits of the Turnbull Government’s company tax cut, international banking firm Goldman Sachs has said that 60% of the benefit of the tax cut would flow to offshore investors.

The Council of Small Business has also said that fewer than 5% of small businesses would hire more staff as a result.

Published: 20 May 2016

The Turnbull Government’s announcement that they will regulate to stop systemic wage fraud and add $20 million to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s budget is nothing other than a pretend fix to the problem his Government is responsible for, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy union has said today.

“It is an audacious claim by Turnbull to say that he will put an extra $20 million into the FWO, after announcing in the Budget three weeks ago that the agency would lose 10 per cent of its funding, and 27 staff,” commented CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor.

Published: 9 May 2016

The CFMEU had yet another win in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Friday over a Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) Notice to Produce.

Justice Logan ruled that the Notice was invalid and was highly critical of the FWBC saying that the notice was ‘woefully deficient’ and failed to ‘describe a matter at all, much less a building matter.’

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan this case is yet another in a long line of ill-conceived actions against the union.

 “A pattern has emerged whereby the FWBC is launching legal actions in a slapdash way.

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.


Authorised by Michael O'Connor, National Secretary,165 Bouverie Street Carlton 3053