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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.
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
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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.
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.