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Media Release 6.10.16 CFMEU National Office
Statement on state government land sales
The Queensland Council of Unions is not opposed to the plan announced today to sell surplus state land as these assets produce no income for the state, no jobs for Queenslanders and provide no services. QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan said the income-producing assets unions campaigned to save were those that did provide services, income for the government and jobs for Queenslanders.
The LNP's “Strong Choices” plan rejected by Queenslanders at the last election would have sold off Queensland’s income-generating public infrastructure assets off to big business that put profits before people, she said. “As long as the monies from the sales goes back into infrastructure that generates jobs, the QCU is not opposed to the sale.
Media Release 4.10.16 CFMEU National Office
Turnbull’s anti-union Building Commission in bid to avoid scrutiny
The Fair Work Building Commission is attempting to avoid scrutiny of its methods by cutting funding to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, according to the CFMEU. CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said it’s interesting that the move by the FWBC to cut funds to the body that monitors its coercive powers (which includes no right to silence) comes after a report in which the Ombudsman was highly critical of the methods deployed by the FWBC. “The Ombudsman recently made recommendations to Nigel Hadgkiss, the director of the FWBC, after finding the FWBC breached confidentiality and used questionable interviewing methods.
“This week, we learn that the FWBC has cut its funding to the Ombudsman.
“How is it possible that an organisation like the FWBC can operate without scrutiny?” click here to read full story
Media Release 29.09.2016 CFMEU QLD/NT
Crickets… One week on and still no action from Government over white card safety fraud.
In the wake of last week’s arrest in New South Wales over the fraudulent issuing of general construction induction cards (white card), it has come as no surprise to this union that the Queensland and Federal Governments have still failed to act.
The CFMEU, on a State and National level have condemned the use of online training courses for such tickets since they were first introduced. We have requested on a number of occasions that a minimum of six hours face-to-face training be the minimum standard for attaining a white card. These requests have continuously been ignored. Click here to read full story