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Media Release - 10.10.14 - CFMEU National Office
Victorian apprentice numbers drop by almost 10,000 in four years
The number of apprenticeships in Victoria has fallen by nearly 10,000 under the Napthine Government, according to figures highlighted today by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The number of people who started an apprenticeship in the last quarter of 2010 was 23,200 (seasonally adjusted). The latest data from earlier this year (March quarter) shows that the number had plummeted to 14,300 people - a record low. (Source: NCVER) "With one in five young people out of work, and unemployment in Victoria the highest it's been in 13 years, this situation is unacceptable," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said. click here to read full story
Media Release - 03.10.14 - CFMEU National Office
CFMEU welcomes Senate Inquiry into tax evasion and avoidance
The CFMEU has welcomed the establishment of a Senate Inquiry into tax evasion and avoidance. The CFMEU National Conference yesterday passed a resolution calling for a fair tax system following recent revelations of massive tax avoidance by Australia's top 200 listed companies. The report, written by the Tax Justice Network and commissioned by United Voice, found that nearly one third of companies have an average effective tax rate of 10% or less. CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said "We welcome the Senate Inquiry into tax avoidance and evasion. The only budget emergency this country faces is multinational companies ducking and weaving out of paying their fair share of tax." click here to read full story
Media Release - 02.10.14 - CFMEU National Office
Report shows introduction of labour market testing has had immediate impact on 457 visa approval numbers
The introduction of labour market testing in November last year - requiring employers to advertise jobs locally for a range of occupations before hiring overseas workers on 457 visas - has resulted in a doubling in the number of rejected applications during its first six months of operation. The briefing paper, produced by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, analysed the latest data available on the subclass 457 visa program and follows a recommendation in the recent "Independent review of integrity in the subclass 457 programme" report that labour market testing be abolished. The report found that in the first six months following the introduction of labour market testing for engineering, nursing and skill level three occupations, the non-approval rate for 457 visa nominations in these combined categories almost doubled from 9.8 per cent to 19.1 per cent. During the same period, occupations not subject to labour market testing had their non-approval rate decline slightly, from 7.9 per cent to 7.3 per cent.
CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O'Connor said the figures showed that while labour market testing was far from perfect, it was having some impact, reducing the number of 457 visa approvals where employers had failed to demonstrate that no qualified Australian workers were available. click here to read full story
LGRAW - Message to Workers
What is LGRAW? It is the Local Government Rights at Work campaign - which is a community based campaign to raise the awareness of local government workers about the changing industrial landscape. Over the last 12 months there have been a number of industrial rights that have been stripped away from local government workers undermining the fabric of their local community. Visit the website and learn more about this campaign and what it means to you.
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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.