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Published: 20 Dec 2016

It's the winning season! TCFUA members in Ingleburn NSW have voted return to work after Huggies maker Kimberly Clark backed down.

Following the courageous stand taken by Huggies workers and fantastic solidarity from unionists around the country, the dispute is over.

Huggies workers have won:

  • No two-tiered wage system
  • No 25% wage cut for new workers
  • No loss of conditions
  • A new agreement with pay rises, and;
  • 10 days domestic violence leave.

 



Published: 16 Dec 2016

Workers at Kimberley Clark who make Huggies nappies are fighting to retain their pay and conditions following demands from the company that new workers take a 25% pay cut.

Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia National Secretary, Michele O’Neil, said the workers are taking industrial action as a result of this attempt to downgrade their pay and conditions.

“There has been a breakdown in negotiations for a new agreement because the company has declared that it wants a two–tiered wage system with some workers receiving 25% less than the current rate.



Published: 15 Dec 2016

Workers in AGL’s Loy Yang power plant will be taking protected industrial action on 28 December. The stop work action follows 14 months of attempts to bargain with AGL who refuses to genuinely bargain for a fair outcome for workers.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Victorian District Secretary, Geoff Dyke said he is disappointed the company has been unwilling to bring an end to the industrial dispute, instead attempting to pressure workers to accept insecure workplace conditions.



Published: 15 Dec 2016

The CFMEU is calling on the Australian Building and Construction Commission to reveal how much taxpayers’ money they have wasted in courts in their latest ideological battle against the union.

National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan made the call after the Full Court of the Federal Court yesterday dismissed an ABCC submission to take away the Right of Entry permit of the CFMEU Queensland Secretary, Michael Ravbar.

“This is their third attempt at trying to take away Mr Ravbar’s Right of Entry. They lost a case, not once, not twice, but three times.



Published: 12 Dec 2016

The TCFUA and CFMEU have signed an Amalgamation Memorandum of Understanding, increasing the likelihood of finalising the amalgamation of the two unions by the first half of next year.

“The signing of the Amalgamation MOU gives us a clear way forward to finalising the amalgamation, hopefully in early 2017,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.



Published: 30 Nov 2016

The passing of the bill to bring back the ABCC by the Senate this morning has sold out the civil and industrial rights of 1 million Australian workers.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the rights of 1 million construction workers have been sold down the river by cross bench senators to horse trade with the government on other issues.

“These are laws that will take away rights, will endanger safety and conditions for ordinary workers in the industry. We know this because we’ve been here before and that’s what happened.”



Published: 29 Nov 2016

The CFMEU is calling on the cross bench Senators to reject the ABCC bill and the building code attached to it in order to stop the return of WorkChoices.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the code undermines the Fair Work Act by black banning employers who have agreements that comply with the Fair Work Act. 

“Employers will be blacklisted because they are meeting their legal obligations under the Act.

“Employers and workers will be banned from including basic rights and conditions in agreements. 



Published: 28 Nov 2016

The CFMEU has renewed its call for a Royal Commission into Banks, vowing to step up its campaign to push for the inquiry, calling on the Senate to stand up and be counted.

Speaking after the CFMEU National Conference on the Gold Coast, which was also attended by the MUA and the TCFUA, National Secretary Michael O’Connor said:

“From failure to pass on interest rate cuts, to rampant credit card profits, to scandals in financial planning, barely a day goes by without another story of banks ripping off ordinary Australians.



Published: 28 Nov 2016

Another critical week in the senate for the ABCC, and like clockwork, another round of charges has been dragged up from the past for re-examination. Nigel Hadgkiss is shameless in his politicisation of the FWBC.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said this week’s charges dredged up by the overtly political FWBC against CFMEU officials in Queensland, are a joke.



Published: 22 Nov 2016

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) will lead a campaign to overturn a disgraceful decision by the Banyule Council in Victoria to destroy local jobs by sourcing their paper from overseas. 

The so called “ethical paper pledge” locks out locally manufactured paper including 100% recycled paper produced in the under pressure Latrobe Valley.

The Council’s decision shows a complete disregard for the 1000 jobs in the Latrobe Valley and hundreds at neighbouring Darebin Council’s envelope manufacturing plant. 



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