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Media Release - 29.10.14 - Michael Ravbar, Divisional Branch Secretary CFMEU QLD/NT Branch
CFMEU condemns Northern Territory Chief Minister's comments on safety
Chief Minister makes wild allegations under the veil of parliamentary privilege
The CFMEU and Unions NT held a mass rally of 70 workers outside of Parliament House raising concerns over the NT Work Health and Safety regulator's inability to act on major safety concerns. It was during this rally that Mr Giles made his outrageous comments. At today's Question Time, Chief Minister Adam Giles made allegations suggesting the CFMEU planted asbestos on Darwin sites in order to blackmail businesses into putting money towards a so-called slush fund. The CFMEU completely rejects these allegations.
Unions NT and the CFMEU issued an Improvement Notice on the Chief Minister who was too afraid to address the rally. Opposition leader Delia Lawrie presented Mr Giles with the Improvement Notice inside Parliament House. click here to read full story
Media Release - 29.10.14 - CFMEU National Office
Petrol tax: Out-of-touch Abbott Government's latest attack on working families will hit Victoria hard
The out-of-touch Abbott Government's broken promise on petrol tax will hit Victorian workers hard. The state is struggling with the highest unemployment levels in over a decade under an ineffective Napthine Government. The Abbott Government's total lack of understanding of the average person was demonstrated by Treasurer Joe Hockey's comment that poor people don't drive cars. "Now, as Denis Napthine and his Government preside over unemployment as high as 20 per cent in some parts of Melbourne, his out-of-touch colleagues in Canberra have delivered another blow to Victorians," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said. click here to read full story
Media Release - 22.10.14 - CFMEU National Office
Chinese coal tariff just a clever negotiating ploy says CFMEU
The Federal Government's rush to quickly conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China betrays Tony Abbott's lack of negotiating skills, given that it was clear from the start that the coal tariff is just a clever ploy by the Chinese Government to get the deal done by the time of the G20 meeting in Brisbane. CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor recently returned from a trip to China, where he had a number of meetings including with Chinese officials. "The Abbott Government is being schooled by the Chinese on how to negotiate a trade deal. But it could be Australian workers paying the hefty price or that lesson given current Chinese demands," Mr O'Connor said. click here to read full story.
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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.