Published: 23 Mar 2016

Three charges against Queensland CFMEU organiser Justin Steele, laid by the Trade Union Royal Commission Police Taskforce in May last year, have been dropped.

The CFMEU welcomed the news of what is now the fifth instance of failed charges by the Police Taskforce.

Published: 23 Mar 2016

The CFMEU is calling on the Government to act on the tax avoidance crisis revealed in the wake of Australian Tax Office data releases showing public and private companies are not paying any tax.

The release was part two in the ATO’s corporate transparency data and focussed on Australian owned private companies earning more than $200 million a year that have paid no tax. Part one was 
released in December showing public and foreign owned companies earning more than $100 million.

Published: 22 Mar 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union condemns the move by Malcolm Turnbull to force a vote on the ABCC legislation, labelling it as blackmail.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the Government was using the ABCC Bill because it was struggling to come up with policies to govern the country.

“Malcolm Turnbull is playing games with the Parliament and the Australian people because he knows his Government is in trouble,” Mr O’Connor said.

Published: 18 Mar 2016

Changes to Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) rules will be a win for workers and mining communities as coal companies will soon have to look local before bringing in out of area employees.

The CFMEU has welcomed the Queensland Government decision to legislate against 100 per cent FIFO operations and give back real opportunity and choice for workers located in the regions, a move the union has been advocating.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Steve Smyth welcomed the move.

Published: 18 Mar 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has responded to comments by Greens Leader Richard Di Natale in the senate this morning.

In this morning’s Senate debate, Senator Di Natale said unions were using members’ fees to “try and support the interests of the Labor Party, rather than the interests of ordinary working people.”

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor has hit back at Di Natale's comments, labelling them as “immature”.

Published: 18 Mar 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union stands in solidarity with Fairfax Media staff, following the announcement of 120 editorial job losses across The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Financial Review mastheads.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the announcements were devastating given the massive job losses already experienced at Fairfax in recent years.

Published: 17 Mar 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union welcomed yesterday’s report arising out of the Senate Inquiry into Australia's temporary work visa program but called on the Government to take swift action to stem its overwhelming abuse.

The report documents the widespread abuse of temporary visas and the exploitation of visa workers. There are currently 1.5 million people with temporary work visa rights in Australia. And yet, the Department of Border Protection, charged with investigating visa breaches, has only 17 full time inspectors.

Published: 14 Mar 2016

The CFMEU has today sought to shed some light on the secret backroom deal struck between the Coalition and the Greens on Senate reform, labelling it as an attack on workers’ rights.

The deal could encourage the Coalition to a double dissolution election and give it the mandate and numbers to re-introduce the Work Choices-era Australian Building and Construction   Commission.

Published: 8 Mar 2016

The CFMEU has today called on employers and governments to support greater participation for women in male dominated industries.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said that the number of women in male dominated industries like mining, energy, construction and forestry and furnishing trades was abysmally low.

"We need more women being active in our industries and in our Union. We need a genuine commitment from employers and governments to bring about this change," he said.

Published: 8 Mar 2016

The CFMEU is today calling for a royal commission into Australia's big banks, after further revelations of gross misconduct and scandal in the banking sector.

It was revealed late yesterday that Commonwealth Bank's life insurance division, CommInsure, repeatedly held back payments to sick and dying policyholders in a shocking display of corporate greed.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor urged the Turnbull Government to act on calls for a royal commission, describing this latest scandal as just one in a long line of corporate rip-offs perpetrated by the big banks.


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