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Media Release 31.8.16 QCU
Bleijie back to his old tricks attacking safety at work
The LNP’s shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson Jarrod Bleijie is today attempting to torpedo a law that stop companies outsourcing responsibility for workplace safety to third parties. Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan slammed the MP for Kawana Bleijie for attempting to block the amendment to be debated in state parliament today. “Restoring fairness to workers’ compensation was a central election commitment of the Palaszczuk government, and ensuring that big companies cannot outsource their workplace safety responsibilities to labour hire companies is a critical part of that commitment,” she said. “Now Bleijie is up to his old tricks again and wants to put business profits ahead of worker safety.
“We’ve already heard at a state parliamentary inquiry about the practices of some labour hire companies – how workers are too scared to speak out lest they lose their employment.” “It’s clear that Bleijie and his mates in the LNP did not learn anything from their election defeat, especially that safety at work is a real concern for millions of working Queenslanders and their families. “Bleijie’s move shows just how little the LNP values workplace safety and the workers who just want to come home safe at the end of the day,” said Ms McLennan.
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.