Published: 13 Jul 2017

The creation of one of Australia’s most progressive unions is one step closer with the formal lodging of merger documents with the Fair Work Commission.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Textile, Clothing, and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA) commenced merger talks last year.

The amalgamation proposal has passed through most internal processes of the three unions with only a ballot of members from the MUA and TCFUA remaining.

The ballot will be conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Published: 6 Jul 2017

In a major win for the CFMEU, the Fair Work Commission has rejected the application by a major employers group to extend the casual employment provisions in the Black Coal award to Production and Engineering Employees.

At present, the employment of casuals under the Award is restricted to the classification of Staff employees. In a move to spread casualisation to all employees throughout Australia’s black coal industry, the Australian Industry Group took their fight to the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission but were defeated by the strong case mounted by our Union.

Published: 3 Jul 2017

Timber workers of Heyfield have welcomed the announcement that the Andrews Government has bought the timber mill at Heyfield.

Jane Calvert, Divisional President of the CFMEU Forestry and Furnishing Products Division said:

“Our members, their families and community will rest easier knowing that the threat of mill closure that has been hanging over their heads since January has now been lifted.

Published: 27 Jun 2017

The CFMEU has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s plea for PM Turnbull to act to save the town of Myrtleford.

Workers have been locked out of the Mill by the owner for over 60 days and the workers, the community and local businesses are hurting.  

CFMEU mill workers voted last week to lift their threat of industrial action and called on Carter Holt Harvey to unlock the gates for a return to work. The company has so far refused.

Published: 22 Jun 2017

CFMEU members at Myrtleford have this afternoon voted to lift all industrial action at the Carter Holt Harvey owned mill. 

The CFMEU has called on the company to immediately end the lock out of workers and to open the gates to allow the workers to return to work. 

The CFMEU has written to the company to advise them of the worker’s decision and to request that the they open the mill for a return to work tomorrow 23rd June 2017.  

The CFMEU has requested a response from the company by 5 pm today. 

Published: 16 Jun 2017

Malcolm Turnbull has: 
  • Brought back the ABCC to cut wages, conditions and safety for construction workers
  • Slashed Sunday penalty rates for retail & hospitality workers
  • Allowed rampant wage theft by employers
  • Allowed exploitation of overseas workers to continue unchecked

Published: 14 Jun 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the CFMEU FFPD Monthly News.

Click here to download the June edition of CFMEU FFPD Monthly News

The newsletter will now come to you on a monthly basis and will keep you up to date on what’s going on across the Division.

Please feel free to contact us with your comments or suggestions.

Published: 13 Jun 2017

The CFMEU congratulates members at the Myrtleford Ply Mill, who have stood together for a fair go, on successfully voting down the unfair agreement proposed by their employer Carter Holt Harvey.

CFMEU FFPD Victorian District Secretary Frank Vari said:

“This has been a great win not just for the workers but for the whole community.

“A loud and clear message has now been sent to the company – they need to do the right thing by the workers and the town of Myrtleford and end the lockout.

Published: 16 May 2017

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has labeled the shock announcement today by Carter Holt Harvey that it would close its Morwell softwood mill within three months and make 160 workers redundant as “an act of bastardry”.

The company announced the closure and redundancies to staff today with no prior consultation with the union, as is their legal obligation.

The union is seeking urgent talks with the company.

“This is an act of bastardry,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.

Published: 2 May 2017

Six thousand jobs in the Latrobe Valley remain on the line despite the Australian Government putting anti-dumping tariffs on Indonesian paper imports last week. 

It was reported this week that the Indonesian Government is threatening to terminate Trade Agreement negotiations if the tariff decision is not reversed. 

The CFMEU, who represents workers at Australian Paper - the largest employer in the region - has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urging him not to cave in to Indonesia’s threats. 


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