Published: 5 Aug 2015

The arrest of ACT CFMEU organiser Johnny Lomax for negotiating a pay rise heralds a dark chapter in Australian industrial relations, according to the CFMEU.

Mr Lomax who is appearing in the ACT Magistrates court this morning was charged with blackmail for securing a pay rise for workers that resulted in a financial loss for the employer.

National CFMEU Construction secretary Dave Noonan said that Mr Lomax’s charge goes against the legal framework that has operated in Australia for over a hundred years.

Published: 13 Jul 2015

A national television advertising campaign highlighting flaws in the Abbott Government's recently signedfree trade agreement with China will begin airing from tonight, warning that the deal will leave Australian workers "without a hope."

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union advertisements — which will begin tonight in the ACT, Tasmania and Queensland — come as the union accused Trade Minister Andrew Robb ofdeliberately misleading the Australian public in his attempts to promote the agreement.

Published: 1 Jul 2015

Northern Australian businesses will be able to exploit free Indigenous labour as a result of the Abbott Government's strategy to boost Indigenous workforce participation in remote communities.

Published: 19 Jun 2015

The Union representing timber workers at Carter Holt Harvey Pinepanels and LVL sites in south east SA is calling on Barker MP Tony Pasin to support a motion to be debated in the House of Representatives on Monday to strengthen the compliance for safety and standards of imported engineered wood products.


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