Nationwide Protest - March 4th
The victory over the Newman LNP Government last month showed the power of a community working together. It’s time to celebrate and consolidate on March 4 with gatherings across the state (and the nation).
Tony Abbott and his mates in big business have launched another attack on the living standards of Australian workers with a Productivity Commission review designed to cut penalty rates, abolish the minimum wage, bring back unfair individual contracts and swing even more power to employers.
The time to stand up and fight back is now. Join thousands of other Australians for rallies across the nation on Wednesday, March 4.
The Brisbane rally will be held outside Parliament House at 12noon in George Street to celebrate what we've achieved working together to get rid of the Newman government. It will also let Tony Abbott and the LNP know that one-term governments happen and theirs is next. Rallies will also be held in Townsville and Mackay - details are below.
In the News
Media Release 26.2.15 - Michael Ravbar, CFMEU QLD/NT Branch
INADEQUATE PENALTIES: INTRODUCE INDUSTRIAL MANSLAUGHTER FOR WORKPLACE DEATHS
The CFMEU is calling on the Queensland Government to introduce industrial manslaughter charges and sentencing for workplace fatalities and serious injuries. Today (Friday 26.2.15) sentencing is scheduled to be handed down at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court to Allscaff Systems Pty Ltd and the director Ralph Michael Smith after the 2008 deaths of two workers on a Gold Coast construction site. Chris Gear and Steve Sayer died after the swing scaffold they were working out of plummeted 26 stories to the ground after a malfunction. Allscaff Systems, which erected the swing stage, was charged with failing to ensure the plant was erected to perform safely. Ralph Michael Smith, the director of the company, was also charged for failing to ensure the company complied with its obligations under the Act. click here to read full story.
Media Release 26.2.15 - CFMEU National Office
Wake up call for Abbott Government with Maryvale paper mill now in trouble
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said cost reduction measures announced by the Maryvale Paper mill today would sound alarm bells across the commmunity and industry, and should immediately prompt the Federal Government to replace paper imports across its departments with Australian made paper. The announcement by Australian Paper today of a cost reducing restructure comes on top of its decision two days ago to close the iconic Shoalhaven mill, resulting in the loss of the 75 remaining jobs at the mill - which once employed 600 people. click here to read full story.
Media Release 24.2.15 CFMEU National Office
Shoalhaven mill closure - too little too late from the Abbott Govt
Australian passports and birth certificates will no longer be produced with Australian made paper, as the Shoalhaven region loses an iconic local industry with today's announcement by Australian Paper that it will close the Shoalhaven paper mill at Bomaderry. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union,which campaigned to save the mill - the only paper mill in the country that makes security grade papers used by the Federal Government - said the closure was entirely avoidable. "Had the Abbott Government listened to the Shoalhaven community, the mill workers and its own member, the mill could have been saved," Alex Millar, Secretary of the CFMEU Pulp & Paper Workers District said. "They weren't asking for a handout or injection of cash, simply a change in the Government's purchasing arrangements to buy more paper supplied by the mill and less from overseas." click here to read full story.
Media Release 21.2.15 - CFMEU National Office
CFMEU warns poisoned berries just the tip of the unsafe imports iceberg
With the deluge of unsafe imports from China looming if the China Australia Free Trade Agreement is signed, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is urging the Abbott Government to deliver on its election commitment to ensure that imported building products comply with Australian Standards. The CFMEU is urging Senators, through the Senate Estimates process, to raise the matter with the ACCC - which is responsible for product regulation and the safety of consumers - and the Department of Industry, charged by the PM with addressing problems in the manufacturing sector. "Many building materials imported from China do not meet Australian regulations and standards. Not only has Tony Abbott broken a promise to fix this, the removal of tariffs under an Australia-China FTA could pave the way for even more unsafe building materials to flood into the country," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said. click here to read full story.
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.
Dear Dad - An Asbestos Awareness Film
Asbestos Awareness Ambassador Trevor Gillmeister shares a heartfelt letter to his dad Ron, who lost his battle with mesothelioma (an asbestos-related disease) in 2009. He now continues his dad’s fight to warn others about the dangers of asbestos… ‘as tough as you think you are, asbestos is always tougher.’