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. 

Published: 17 Nov 2016

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division called on Ian Macfarlane, the incoming Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), to mark his first day on the job by committing to adequately support Black Lung disease victims in Queensland.

CFMEU M&E QLD District President, Stephen Smyth said last week’s call by the QRC for a review of the compensation scheme was a significant change in the Council’s position that acknowledged victims are not being properly supported, but that there is a long way to go.

Published: 14 Nov 2016


The closure of Hazelwood power station and mine, an employer of nearly 1,000 people, marks a critical point for the Latrobe Valley.

The Andrews Labor Government is to be commended for acting quickly in response: establishing the Latrobe Valley Authority and committing funding of more than a quarter of a billion dollars to support workers and their families and attract new jobs, including setting up a special economic zone.

Published: 3 Nov 2016

Following the announcement of almost 1,000 job losses with the closure of Hazelwood, the CFMEU Mining and Energy division called on the Federal Government to immediately devise and fully fund a national plan for industry transition in the energy sector.

The union’s National President, Tony Maher said the plan must include funding and support for training, redeployment and early retirement for those close to retirement age.

Published: 24 Oct 2016

German Creek workers will today be joined by Scabby the Rat, who’s descended on Middlemount to take advantage of Anglo American’s mistreatment of workers and apply for a job at the German Creek mine.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth, said that the fight against Anglo American’s vicious and sustained attacks on workers had lured the opportunist Scabby to town.

Published: 18 Oct 2016

The collapse of Bob Day’s company, Home Australia, shines a light on what is a serious and common problem in the construction industry, according to the CFMEU.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that companies going into liquidation is an ever increasing feature of the construction industry with devastating consequences for small businesses, workers, families and the community.

“One in five insolvencies in Australia are in the construction industry. 

Published: 17 Oct 2016

The Fair Work Building Commission has come under criticism by the CFMEU for its continued partisan behaviour following the tabling of its annual report in Parliament last week.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the report – designed to inform the parliament about the FWBC’s performance and activities- was notable for what it did not contain.

“It is nothing but a piece of propaganda written specifically to serve the political purposes of the Turnbull Government.


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