Published: 7 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union today calls on the Federal Government to shore up the future of the Australian steel manufacturing industry after the owner of the country’s only genuine structural steel producer sank into voluntary administration.

Published: 7 Apr 2016

A Federal Court Judge has slammed a lawsuit brought by the Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) as an “abuse of process.”

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said “this confirms what the union has been saying for some time. Under Nigel Hadgkiss, the FWBC is not an impartial regulator. Rather, it is a partisan and political operation. ”

In 2013 John Holland sued the union. In 2014, that suit was settled by all parties. In spite of this, in 2015, the FWBC launched its own case dealing with the same matters.

Published: 5 Apr 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s politically motivated attack on unions has spectacularly backfired, according to recent polls that put the Prime Minister and the Liberal Party behind Bill Shorten and Labor.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union believes the latest Newspoll, which shows Labor ahead of the Government 51-49 two-party preferred, suggests the Government’s focus on unions rather than key election issues was a self-inflicted disaster.

Published: 4 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union says revelations of financial scandals from the Mossack Fonseca leaks are further evidence for the need for a national anti-corruption commission.

Australian banks were named in a world-wide leak disclosing a web of fraud, tax avoidance and money laundering that adds to the growing list of financial scandals plaguing Australia’s big banks.

Published: 1 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union today joined workers and their families from the Bendigo Hospital Project as they converged on the headquarters of Australia’s largest construction company Lend Lease to demand unpaid wages.

In a last ditch effort to get answers, the workers employed by Asset Interiors on the Victorian Government hospital project, sought an audience with the head contractor responsible the $630 million dollar project; Lend Lease.

Published: 31 Mar 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is again calling for a broad-ranging national corruption watchdog after polling showed almost two-thirds of voters support a national regulator.

The Research Now poll showed 65 per cent of voters supported a national corruption body but only 11 per cent support a building industry taskforce.

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.


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