May Day 2015
Because of the torrential rain experienced throughout much of the state there have been some changes to Labour Day events this weekend. Please review the below list to see if there are any changes to the events in your local area.
The March will proceed rain, hail or shine. But the Family Fun Day has been moved from Blair State School to the Workers’ Club/ Trades Hall at 4 Bell Street, Ipswich. A bus transfer will take people to the festivities from the march. There will still be a BBQ and family fun activities and a coffee van available. Please note: Kid’s rides have been cancelled for safety.
March: 10am Saturday 2 May, Blair State School
Family Fun Day: Trades Hall, 4 Bell Street, Ipswich
If it is raining when the march is due to start, it will be cancelled and it is straight to the Irish Club for celebrations as originally planned.
March: 10:30am Saturday 2 May
Family Fund Day: The Irish Club, Russell Street
The Maryborough Labour Day activities have been moved from Riverside Parklands to the Maryborough Town Hall, Kent Street, Maryborough QLD 4650
The Gold Coast march and Family Fun Day will proceed as planned.
March:1PM Saturday 2 May 154a Scarborough Street, Southport
Family Fun Day: Southport Broadwater Parklands Southern End
Rain, hail or shine the Brisbane Labour Day march will be starting from Wharf Street, Spring Hill at 10am, Sunday 3 May. Make sure you get there early to march with your union.
Then join us at the RNA Showgrounds for rides, food, drinks and events courtesy of your union.
All other events are as planned, but please keep checking the website at: http://www.standforqld.com.au/labour_day_2015
1/5/15 Late changes due to rain - IPSWICH: The march will still proceed but will now be followed by a BBQ and drinks at the Ipswich Trades Hall. MARYBOROUGH: 10am - 2pm Sunday at Town Hall, Maryborough.
We will continue to add details of other regional activities as they come to hand. Alternatively click here to visit "Stand for Queensland's" website for further information.
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* Please note new start time for Gold Coast May Day march. The march will now commence at an earlier time of 1pm from 154a Scarborough Street, Southport and finishes with a Family Fun Day at the Main Stage area of Southport Broadwater Parklands.
In the News
Media Release 28.4.15 - CFMEU National Office
#standforsafety - Construction worker deaths up to 64 per cent; families, workers, gather to commemorate International Workers Memorial Day
The number of construction workers who died on the job in Australia rose by 64 per cent in 2014. The latest data from Safe Work Australia shows that last year, 28 workers in the construction industry alone died at work, compared to 17 in 2013. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union National President, Tony Maher, joined families who have lost loved ones due to workplace accidents, and injured workers, at a ceremony at the National Workers Memorial in Canberra, to commemorate International Workers' Memorial Day.
"Today is a day of mourning and remembrance, but it's also a day of action. We have seen a tragic increase in the number of construction workers who've lost their lives at work in Australia last year. Young workers in particular feel that they can't speak up about workplace safety and consequences can be fatal.
"Construction, foresty and mining are among the most dangerous industries to work in. In fact, one of the most dangerous jobs you can have is as a construction labourer. They are killed at four times the rate of workers in all other jobs." click here to read full story
Media Release 24.4.15 - QCU President John Battams
Unions welcome State Labor's IR reforms to repair LNP damage
Unions have welcomed Government commitments to reform Queensland's industrial relations system after the Newman LNP took the wrecking ball to workplace rights for three years. QCU President, John Battams, said the announcement by Industrial Relations Minister Curtis Pitt showed the new government valued the work of nurses, teachers, emergency services workers and indeed everyone providing public service to Queenslanders. "In addition, all Queensland workers would benefit from the reinstatement of workers' compensation and health and safety protections. he said." click here to read full story
Motor Neurone Research Fund
Delegate and long term CFMEU member Peter Turner was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). MND is, in simple terms, a fast acting wasting condition. Motor neurones are the nerve cells along the brain which send instructions to the muscles in your body. When they pack up, so do you. The muscles that are needed to move around- speak, swallow and breathe, fail to work normally.
Peter’s daughter Nikki Turner has started a campaign to raise money for the Motor Neurone Research fund who aim to provide $2,000,000 annually towards research of the deadly disease.
Please help Nikki out in her campaign by donating today. Simply visit https://www.mycause.com.au/page/89910/motorneuroneresearchfund.
Notices and FWC Orders
The FWC has ordered the CFMEU to post the following message in relation to Orders PR561062 for the ‘K1 RNA Showgrounds’, Bowen Hills and ‘the Green’ RNA, Bowen Hills Lend Lease sites. The Orders require that any alleged unprotected industrial action cease, not be engaged in, and/or not be organised. Note that the Orders do not apply to any protected industrial action, or action taken in relation to an imminent risk to employees’ health and/or safety where there is no direction to perform safe alternative work. The Orders are binding on the CFMEU and employees of Lend Lease and subcontractors on those sites from 13 February 2015 until 5pm on Saturday 21 March 2015. A copy of the Orders are provided with this message. A list of subcontractors affected by the Orders is contained in clause 2.1.4. The orders in full may be viewed at:
Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd February 2015 (K1 RNA Showgrounds, Corner of Symes Street & St Pauls Terrace Bowen Hills Qld 4006) & The Green RNA (191 Constance Street, Bowen Hills Qld 4006) Industrial Action Order
Bechtel Curtis Island
FWC has ordered CFMEU to put out the following message. Note that it does not, and cannot apply to protected industrial action. 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.