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.

Published: 30 Jan 2016

The CFMEU condemns the Federal Government for falling asleep at the wheel and putting the lives of the community at risk. Back in May last year, the CFMEU raised serious concerns aboutthe lack of Government regulation over the use of imported and unsafe building products which do not meet our Australian Standards.

A unit fire in Melbourne’s Lacrosse building exposed the issue of deadly imported aluminium cladding with a plastic core being misused in high rise buildings in breach of the building code.

Published: 29 Jan 2016

Workers in Newcastle will rally today at 1pm at the Tomago smelter following news that yet another vessel crewed by locals is leaving the Australian coast.

The 16 Australian crew onboard the CSL Melbourne, chartered by Pacific Aluminium, have been told in the past 24 hours that all of the jobs will be lost when they sail the vessel to Singapore.

The CSL Melbourne has been running alumina between Newcastle and Gladstone for the past five years but these jobs will go after the company received a temporary licence from the Turnbull Government in the past month.

Published: 22 Jan 2016

Ask yourself this; would you expect to be charged without any evidence against you? The case before the Federal Court in Perth against 101 workers charged with attending a union meeting has descended into a complete farce according to Mick Buchan, Secretary of the CFMEU WA Construction Branch.

Just prior to Christmas, 5 workers had their cases withdrawn due to ‘lack of evidence.' Now that number has increased by a further 28 cases to a total of 33, presumably also due to lack of evidence. No apology or explanation has been offered by either Nigel Hadgkiss or his lawyers.‘


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