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Media Release - 19.11.14 CFMEU National Office
Chinese developer's push for worker visa relaxation a sign of what's to come under ChAFTA
A media report today that Chinese property developer Greenland Holdings is urging relaxation of visa restrictions in the wake of the China Free Trade Agreement was a sign that the deal would open the door to imported labour. CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said the Chinese property developer's call to make it easier to bring in Chinese construction workers flew in the face of assurances by the Abbott Government that this would not be the case. click here to read full story.
Media Release - 17.11.14 CFMEU National Office
China trade deal could put fuel on jobs fire
With unemployment at a 12-year high, local workers struggling to find a job will not welcome today's announcement of a free trade agreement with China, said CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor. Under the trade deal, the Abbott Government has agreed to a mechanism to allow Chinese investors to bring in their own workforce for large infrastructure projects above $150 million. "We need to see the full details, but it appears Tony Abbott has caved into Chinese demands to have only Chinese workers on Chinese owned projects. How on earth is this going to help local construction and mining workers facing a touch downturn?" click here to read full story.
Media Release - 13.11.14 CFMEU QLD/NT Branch
Lend Lease; Get serious about workers' health and safety
Another day, another near miss for workers on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Project.
Yet another example of Lend Lease’s negilgent approach to work health and safety was shown yesterday when a block wall collapsed at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Project. The collapse was the result of a sprinkler fitter installing pipe overhead who inadvertently made contact with a stillage in the EWP's operational area, causing the stillage to be pushed into a block wall which was not core filled.
Lend Lease have procedures in place which were not being followed at the time of the incident. Their own GMR (Global Minimum Requirements) clearly states that anyone using this type of plant must have a spotter or barricading of which neither was in place. Yesterday’s wall collapse was the sixth serious incident in six months on this project.
CFMEU Construction and General QLD/NT Branch Assistant Secretary Jade Ingham said, ‘when you get a run of near misses history tells you, unless workers' health and safety is made a priority and systems are changed, a tragedy will soon occur’. He said ‘it is sheer luck that no workers were killed or seriously injured’. 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.