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.

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.


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