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Media Release 19.8.16 - CFMEU National Office
Fair Work Building and Construction Director sued for reckless misinformation
The CFMEU has today commenced legal proceedings against Nigel Hadgkiss, The Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate. The CFMEU are seeking penalties against Hadgkiss for the dissemination of information to building industry participants that misrepresented the rights of employees, union officials and employers regarding “Right of Entry” under the Fair Work Act.
The information, in the form of pocket guides and posters, purports to be a “three step guide to right of entry” for employers and occupiers, and was distributed from January 2014 until recently. The guide grossly misrepresents the default position in the Fair Work Act, which stipulates that union officials are permitted to meet with employees in the lunch sheds where other arrangements are not mutually agreed to.
CFMEU National Construction Division Secretary Dave Noonan said that “it’s galling to think that Mr Hadgkiss, whose organisation have charged themselves with solely and doggedly policing Right of Entry disputes between the union and employers would have promoted and distributed such critically false information. Nigel Hadgkiss should know better, it’s disgraceful to think that this information, which cast doubt over workers’ rights, should have been distributed at all, let alone distributed with taxpayer funds ” he said. Click to read full story.
Media Release 5.8.16
Stop Indian Trade Talks to Stop Asbestos Problem Becoming Worse: Union
The CFMEU is calling for an urgent halt to the Government’s free trade talks with India due to the risk of even more deadly asbestos flooding into Australia. The union has written to Trade Minister Steven Ciobo calling for an immediate and urgent suspension of negotiations. The call follows the spike of imported building products from China including asbestos contaminated roof panels discovered during the construction of a children’s hospital in Perth.
The Australian Border Force testified to a Senate Inquiry Committee last year that it had identified India as one of the high-risk countries for asbestos exports to Australia. CFMEU Construction National Secretary Mr Dave Noonan said: “India is the second largest manufacturer of products made with asbestos in the world. It uses asbestos in the manufacture of products including building materials like cement roofing sheets, wall panels and pipes and auto components like brakes, clutches and brake linings.
“Australia’s system of protection against imported products loaded with asbestos is broken, as recent detections by our union have proven. “A trade agreement with India would allow the easier entry of products with asbestos to Australia. Unless border protection is strengthen and significantly better resources, this would be a disaster.” click here to read full story.
Notices and FWC Orders
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 23 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 10 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
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FWC has ordered CFMEU to put out the following message. Note that it does not, and cannot apply to protected industrial action. The Fair Work Commission Amended Interim Order requires all industrial action to cease. Members should immediately stop all industrial action and return to work. A copy of the Amended Interim Order is available at the CFMEU Construction and General Division internet site and the CFMEU Construction & General facebook page.