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.

Published: 7 Mar 2016

The case against ACT CFMEU Secretary Dean Hall will not be pursued by the DPP as it has fallen outside the statutory time period.

National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said this was yet another example of wasted resources designed only to smear the union in the eyes of the public.

"It is almost certain there was legal advice that said this couldn't get past first base since the time period had lapsed.

"The investigation of Mr Hall involved allegations of intimidation of a Worksafe inspector on a Claxton construction site in Canberra in 2013.

Published: 4 Mar 2016

None of the arguments put up by the Liberal Government in support of the ABCC stack up, according to the CFMEU.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan, who appeared before the Senate Education and Employment Committee today, said the ABCC would discriminate against one group of workers by imposing harsher penalties that do not apply to the rest of the workforce and would provide no benefit to the industry.

Published: 23 Feb 2016

The CFMEU has welcomed the decision of ‘not guilty’ in the Downing Street Local court in Sydney today in relation to a criminal charge laid against official Michael Greenfield by the Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) about allegations said to have occurred in 2014.

The charge – ‘intimidating a Commonwealth official’ -was laid by the FWBC in mid 2015 over a meeting of workers Mr Greenfield attended as part of his job as a union organiser.

National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said this was another example of the blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money.

Published: 22 Feb 2016


The CFMEU is lodging a complaint with the Commonwealth Ombudsman over the behaviour of the Fair Work Building Commission in their latest action against 13 officials including national secretary Michael O’Connor.

The charges by the FWBC relate to an EBA campaign during 2015 in New South Wales where workers employed by De Martin and Gasparini took part in lawful industrial action.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the charges against the officials are bogus and will be defended.

Published: 8 Feb 2016

The CFMEU has welcomed a decision by the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions not to pursue charges against Queensland official, Andrew Sutherland over an industrial issue from three years ago. The union also renewed calls for the Government to stop wasting police resources over purely industrial matters.


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