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Published: 8 Feb 2018

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 The Turnbull Government’s building industry attack dog has issued new Building Code rules that specifically ban the Eureka Flag from being displayed on a building site. 

If an employer breaches the Code, they are ineligible to compete for Government work. 

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said it showed that nothing had changed at the ABCC since former boss Nigel Hadgkiss was forced to resign after breaking the very laws he enforced. 

Published: 12 Jan 2018

In a matter listed for call-over in the ACT Supreme Court today, the CFMEU will allege that the Australian Federal Police taped a private phone call between a CFMEU official and a former ACT Police Minister’s office, and illegally leaked it to the media.

Published: 1 Nov 2017

The Turnbull Government’s proposed legislation to control worker entitlement funds could lead to the loss of apprentice jobs, and erode the union movement’s ability to deliver vital industry health and safety programs.

The Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill seeks to control worker entitlement funds, which support workers who are made redundant. Interest from these funds supports health, safety and welfare programs, training and education in one of the most dangerous industries with high rates of suicide.

Published: 30 Oct 2017

Union slams Labor proposal to have Productivity Commission assess free trade deals, pledging campaign to overturn policy

A commitment that a future Labor Government would have the Productivity Commission conduct an economic analysis of all free trade agreements, announced today by Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clare, is a completely inadequate response to the damage these agreements continue to inflict on Australian workers according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

Published: 6 Oct 2017

The Turnbull Government’s refusal to support a ban on the importation of the cladding material responsible for the deadly Grenfell Tower disaster is putting the lives of construction workers and residents in highrise units at risk, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has warned.

The union welcomed Labor’s commitment to ban the use of highly flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding products as a matter of urgency when they next take office, but said it risked coming too late given the deadly product is continuing to find its way onto Australian construction sites.

Published: 27 Apr 2017

Malcolm Turnbull's announcement of the abolition of the 457 Visa scheme will not end the rorting of temporary work visas according to the CFMEU.

CFMEU National Assistant Secretary Dave Noonan called the announcement a dodgy rebrand of a visa system that’s letting our country down.

“The announcement is a fizzer. Just like the Prime Minister himself.” He said

Published: 8 Nov 2016

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Today the Federal Court proceeding brought by the Director of Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC), Nigel Hadgkiss  against former CFMEU organiser Mick Powell was dismissed. This decision is a victory of common sense over Liberal Party ideology.

“The Court’s ruling has affirmed that safety is paramount and the CFMEU welcomes the decision,” CFMEU State Secretary, John Setka said.

Published: 23 Sep 2016

Today’s arrest in relation to the fraudulent supply of white cards is just the tip of the iceberg.

A construction industry white card is supposed to verify that a construction worker has undertaken an induction on the basic safety requirements of work in the high-risk construction industry. They were introduced in the late 90s after a spate of construction worker deaths due to inexperience and lack of knowledge.


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