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Media Release 27.1.15 - CFMEU National Office
National disgrace: Dutton must urgently investigate network of migrant worker abuse says CFMEU
The CFMEU is calling on new Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to urgently investigate the Manildra Group nationwide, after badly exploited migrant workers at its Bombaderry ethanol plant in NSW indicated that the practice was occurring across the country. The workers at the plant in the South Coast of NSW have been working for 10 or 11 hours a day, 7 days a week and taking home between $40 and $100 per day. They have not received any form of allowances including penalty rates for overtime and weekends. The 13 Chinese and 16 Filipino workers indicated to the union that their situation is part of a national network that may reach into Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and parts of regional New South Wales. Michael O'Connor CFMEU National Secretary said "This is a deliberately complicated web of companies across the country set up to hide what is outrageous exploitation of vulnerable workers". click here to read full story.
Media Release 23.1.15 - CFMEU QLD/NT
Jobless regions a stain on Newman's record
With pre-poll voting centres opening around the State this week, it's important that voters are armed with all the facts before casting their votes. Voters need to be aware that if boxes are left unchecked on the ballot, their vote may not be as powerful as numbering all the squares and putting the LNP last.
Figures released yesterday show that Cairns, the Gold Coast, Wide Bay and key parts of Brisbane have suffered the biggest drops in employment under the Newman government according to ABS's regional unemployment figures. click here to read full story
Media Release 21.01.15 - CFMEU National Office
Union movement will not allow workers' retirement savings to be eroded by shonky banks
The Australian trade union movement will campaign over 2015 to stop the Federal Government allowing a cash raid by Australia's big four banks on workers superannuation. The banks are currently pushing the Government to allow their chronically underperforming superannuation funds easier access to the Award default super system.
Currently Fair Work Australia provides a quality filter in determining which superannuation funds will gain default fund status and receive contribution from workers who don't actively choose their own fund. The banks want the Government to remove this quality filter. CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said today that Australia's banking cartel was a national disgrace and that the Government would be making a grave mistake if it decided to enable the cash grab on default super. click here to read full story.
Media Release 19.01.15 - CFMEU QLD/NT
CFMEU warns Newman is writing cheques he can't cash
The Queensland Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has warned that yesterday's election campaign launch promises are not to be trusted. "Almost everything Newman promised relies on selling off Queensland's assets. Not only has privatision of public utilities left workers and their families worse off in almost all cases, but he knows that his plans are not supported by Queenslanders", said Michael Ravbar the CFMEU's Divisional Branch Secretary.
"While justifiying the privatisation of our assets under the guise of paying off debt, it does nothing for the long-term future of our economy or our debit, it's just a quick grab for cash." click here to read full story
Notices and FWC Orders
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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.