In the News
Media Release - QCU President - John Battams
NSW high standards on corruption won't apply in Queensland
New South Wales is well ahead of Queensland in ensuring that all levels of government operate without fear or favour, and today's resignation of the NSW Premier shows ICAC has real teeth in maintaining ethical standards. Unions say the Newman LNP government should drop plans to neuter the independence of Queensland's corruption watchdog after today's resignation of LNP Premier Barry O'Farrell over corruption questions. Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams said removing the bi-partisan selection of key personnel in Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission would hamper the independence of the corruption-fighting body. click here to read full story
Media Release 04.04.14 - CFMEU Qld/NT Divisional Branch Secretary - Michael Ravbar
Massive blow to Queensland workers health and safety rights as new laws pass in Parliament.
Worst laws in Australian History.
Divisional Branch Secretary of the CFMEU Construction and General Qld and NT, Michael Ravbar, said the new workplace health and safety laws which were passed through Parliament yesterday are putting the lives of workers at risk. The changes mean that unions now need to give 24 hours notice before they can enter a Queensland work site if they believe there is a Work Health and Safety Act breach. This will only give the employer more time to cover their tracks and hinder a proper investigation.
The introduction of these draconian laws only highlights how out-of-touch this Government is with the workforce. History has shown that when weak health and safety laws are in place the rate of workplace deaths and serious accidents skyrocket. Between 2004-2008, when WorkChoices and the ABCC were introduced the construction industry saw a 90% increase in serious injury and death. click here to read full story.
31st Delegates Convention - 5th & 6th June 2014
Every two years our branch has a state Delegates Convention. We will be counting on approx. 200 delegates from throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory to attend this year’s convention. The union is committed to rank and file representation to ensure that discussion and decision making truly reflects the ideas and aspirations of the membership. It is your UNION and this is your opportunity to have your say on union policy.
If you would like to attend this year's convention, then please complete the registration form. Closing date for registration and credentialling is Friday 23rd May 2014.