May Day Celebrations 2013
A good attendance of CFMEU & BLF members, and their families, turned up at this year's May Day marches and celebrations. In Brisbane they marched to the RNA Showgrounds for a Family Fun Day.
In the News
Northern Territory News, Darwin 08.05.13
Skills lag blamed on corps
ACTU President Ged Kearney has blamed the Territory's skills shortage on big corporations not hiring enough apprentices. "It's a huge indictment on large companies," she said. "They have not invested."
Ms Kearney said she knew of one "massive" infrastructure project that only had four apprentices. Not enough Territory residents have been trained in the past decade for skilled trades such as carpenters, boilermakers, builders or plumbers despite high unemployment rates in remote areas. Click here to read full story.
Canberra Times Article 07.05.13 by Emma Macdonald
Asbestos: builders warned of spot fines
ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe will seek approval from the ACT government to slap $5,000 fines on builders who fail to dispose of asbestos properly, saying too many were risking the health of their workers and members of the public to avoid the time and cost of safe removal. Mr McCabe on Monday lifted a prohibition notice on a home in Murray Crescent in Griffith after stopping work last week after the ACT Planning and Land Authority discovered uncontained bonded asbestos on the site. Click here to read full article.
Media Release 06.05.13 CFMEU National Office
RBA must cut rates tomorrow
Australia's manufacturing industry is contracting and the Reserve Bank needs to get "ahead of the game" and cut interest rates at it's meeting tomorrow, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O'Connor, said recent data showing the extent of the slowdown in manufacturing, illustrated the degree to which employers and employees in that sector were under pressure. Click here to read full story.
Media Release 23.04.13 CFMEU National Office
Lack of local content in NRAS projects a public policy failure
$700 million in taxpayer's money to be spent but Federal Government providing no guarantees for the use of Australian-made products. Click here to read full article.
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