Published: 26 Sep 2017

The September edition of the FFPD Monthly is out now! It's your one-stop-shop for all the latest news across our division. 

In this issue: 

Published: 21 Sep 2017

Our safety laws are out of step with all other Australian States and Territories.

Legislation to amend South Australia's workplace Health & Safety laws to give safety reps the same rights other other state is before parliament.





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Published: 13 Sep 2017

The CFMEU has welcomed the resignation of the head of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, Nigel Hadgkiss.

The union yesterday called for his resignation after it succeeded in the Federal Court in having the head of the Turnbull Government’s ABCC admit to a reckless breach of the laws he oversees.

Hadgkiss admitted to a contravention of section 503 of the Fair Work Act in relation to the ABCC’s publication of incorrect information about right of entry rules.

“Nigel Hadgkiss is anti-workers and his departure will be welcomed by our members.

Published: 8 Sep 2017

The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union has welcomed the call for a total Australian ban on dangerous cladding by a Senate Committee Inquiry into the highly flammable and life-threatening polyethylene core aluminium cladding.

“We welcome the report’s recommendation for a total ban on the import and use of the dangerous cladding in Australia, a ban we called for in June after a two year campaign for a national audit,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.

Published: 4 Sep 2017

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A Court has found that management of a Boral concreting subsidiary, De Martin and Gasparini, acted illegally in threatening to make its workers redundant because they didn’t have an agreement that was Code compliant.

On Friday, the Federal Court found that the company had taken an adverse action against its workers and had contravened the Fair Work Act.

The judge found that statements made by De Martin and Gasparini managers to its workforce when this decision was announced were intimidatory, threatening and were intended to terminate the workforce.

Published: 16 Aug 2017

Multinational mining giant Glencore has posted a massive half yearly profit as it locks out 190 miners in Oaky North, Queensland, for a further 11 days.

“Glencore is the poster child for corporate greed and trickle-down economics in Australia today,” Tony Maher, CFMEU National President said today.

“They have just reported a 53 per cent increase on their revenue from coal.

“At the same time, they are trying to strip away rights and conditions from the very workers whose labour has delivered surging earnings to them.”

Published: 31 Jul 2017

Australia's largest timber wholesale distributor ITI are trying to get a dodgy sub-standard EBA voted up at their Port Adelaide site and CFMEU are ramping up the NO vote campaign.

The company are trying to rip the Timber Industry Award 2010 out of the agreement and bring in a dud retail super fund.

Members have been striking since early April 2017 and have been to the Fair Work Commission on two occasions.

Last week the company accepted they were underpaying casual workers and have been forced to make backpay.

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.


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