Published: 16 Feb 2017

Unions and human rights activists are tomorrow holding a protest outside the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra.

They are demanding that the Bangladesh Government release the 26 workers from jail . The arrests followed strikes and demonstrations by Bangladeshi garment workers seeking higher wages.

It is nearly 4 years since 1,138 garment workers lost their lives in the Rana Plaza collapse and what we see is a Government with no respect for labor law or fairness.

Published: 14 Feb 2017

Safety will be compromised if the amendments to the ABCC are passed in the Senate, following the backflip of Senator Derryn Hinch, according to the CFMEU.

CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said workers had raised the issue in conversations with him and hundreds of officials around the country, as well as social media forums.

“These amendments will deliver worse safety outcomes for workers as it will be harder for union officials to go on site to inspect problems, lead to excessive overtime and further casualise an already itinerant industry.”

Published: 10 Feb 2017


This week Nick Xenophon betrayed people in his own state by doing a deal with Turnbull that will:
•  Make our workplaces less safe
•  Put more overseas visa workers on our building sites
•  Cut the number of apprentices in South Australia
•  Threaten job security and increase casual jobs
•  Fail to mandate Australian made products on construction sites




Published: 8 Feb 2017

Senator Derryn Hinch’s backflip in relation to the ABCC is a cowardly act that reveals he is in the pocket of property developers and construction companies, according to the CFMEU.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said Senator Hinch’s erratic change of mind will deliver worse safety, more casual jobs, and prevent restrictions on temporary work visas.

“This cowardly deal cut in the dead of night with a government in crisis, brings back Workchoices style laws that mean hundreds of thousands of workers in the industry will be worse off.

Published: 30 Jan 2017

The Australian Border Force is hopelessly under resourced to intercept the arrival in Australia of illegal asbestos products and other dangerous non-conforming building products, a Senate inquiry will hear today in Brisbane.

“Minister Dutton is putting the health and safety of the Australian people at risk by turning a blind eye to cheap imported building materials that do not comply with Australian law” according to Mr. Brad Parker, Assistant National Secretary of the CFMEU Construction Division.

Published: 30 Jan 2017

Our Union is backing a determined fightback by severely exploited labour hire contract coal mineworkers in our NSW South West District. With the backing of their families, the labour hire mineworkers have already demonstrated their resolve with two major public protests involving over 1,000 supporters taking part in the town of Appin and the city of Wollongong.

Published: 13 Jan 2017

An apparently red-faced Hutchinson Builders have spent the first week of 2017 cleaning up after another near miss on one of their projects.

Sheer luck was on Hutchinson’s side as an eight-metre high brick wall came toppling down on the multi-million Villanova College building rehabilitation project during the school holiday period.

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.


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