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Published: 12 Apr 2017

A mass meeting this week of Tasmanian timber workers from sawmilling, processing, pulp and paper and the retail sector of the industry voted to campaign against the Governments proposed Forestry Bill.

Scott McLean, Tasmania District Secretary of the CFMEU FFPD (pictured), said that



Published: 12 Apr 2017

The CFMEU welcomes SA Premier Jay Weatherill’s announcement that there will be a Coroner’s Inquiry into the workplace death of construction worker Jorge Castillo-Riffo, and an inquiry into the lack of prosecutions over workplace deaths launched by SafeWork SA against employers.

The announcement came at a CFMEU-led rally on the steps of parliament today. Hundreds of construction workers gathered to call on Premier Weatherill and the government to launch a Coroner’s Inquiry into Jorge’s death.



Published: 6 Apr 2017

Jorge Castillo-Riffo died on the morning of November 27 2014. He had been working on the RAH construction site, and was discovered in a scissor lift, crushed against a ledge. His partner Pam’s last words to him as he left for work that morning were “be careful on the scissor lift.”

Now, 28 months later, SafeWork SA have dropped prosecutions against both SRG and HYLC with barely a word of explanation.



Published: 28 Mar 2017

Malcolm Turnbull's new building laws will make it harder for our kids to get apprenticeships and mean more 457 visa workers on our construction sites.

But it's not over yet. This week Rebekha Sharkie will have a chance to stop these unfair laws. 

Can you call Rebekha Sharkie on (08) 8398 5566 and tell her to stop these bad laws!

Watch the new TV Campaign below:



Published: 24 Mar 2017

Last Friday after the close of business the Anti-Dumping Commission quietly announced the Government was terminating anti-dumping import duties which had been levied against one of South-East Asia’s largest paper mills since November last year.

The termination of the tariffs on the Asia Pulp and Paper owned Indonesian mill (Tjiwi Kimi) came following weeks of Indonesian Government pressure linked to talks about a bilateral free trade agreement.



Published: 24 Mar 2017

CFMEU members, their families and community should be proud of the massive show of force at the rally for the mill in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Over a thousand people rallied in the city sending a powerful message to the Andrews government that we will not cop the loss of resource and we will fight and fight long and hard to save these 
jobs.

The rally met at the Victorian Trades Hall and closed down parts of the city during the march to Parliament.



Published: 21 Mar 2017

Saturday May 6
March for Jobs with JusticeFrom Victoria Square Sth to Light Square

Speeches, music, food, drink and kids entertainment

10am for 10.30am start

 

Click here to download the flyer for the rally 

 

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Published: 14 Mar 2017

The CFMEU today congratulated the Victorian Government for leading the way in how we respond to the crisis facing many communities like the Latrobe Valley, with the closure of major energy assets like the Hazelwood power station.

CFMEU National President Tony Maher described the Latrobe Valley Worker Transfer Partnership Agreement between Latrobe Valley Power Station Operators, Unions and the Victorian Government as “a breakthrough in best practice”.



Published: 7 Mar 2017

Australian workers are under attack.

Malcolm Turnbull has:

  • Brought back the ABCC to cut wages and conditions for construction workers
  • Slashed Sunday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers
  • Casualised work and slashed job security
  • Allowed rampant wage theft by bad employers

 

Stand Up, Fight Back! National Rally 9/3/17

** (21st March in WA)

Rally Details:

NSW

Governor Phillip Tower 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, 11AM



Published: 6 Mar 2017

by Dave Noonan CFMEU National Assistant Secretary

Safety is a huge issue in the construction industry and it’s no exaggeration to say that many workers take their life into their hands when they walk on site in the morning. There’s not much confidence that the employer will enforce safety given that corporations go unpunished for breaking the law, even in the event of a workers’ death.



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Authorised by Michael O'Connor, National Secretary, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne Vic 3000