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Media Release - 12.9.14 - CFMEU National Office
Gippsland paper and timber workers welcome Senator Ricky Muir's commitment on jobs during visit
Workers at the Maryvale pulp and paper mill and Heyfield timber mill have welcomed Senator Ricky Muir's commitment to help save plup and paper jobs during his visit to their workplaces today. The visit comes as the industry in Gippsland is under serious threat from imported cheap and dumped wood and paper products, with half of all pulp and paper jobs nationally disappearing in the last decade. "We explained to Senator Muir that 16 of the 22 biggest Federal Government Departments and Agencies use imported paper instead of Australian-made," said Anthony Pavey, CFMEU Pulp and Paper Workers' District, Maryvale Secretary.
"So it was fantastic that Senator Muir signed our 'pulp and paper workers' pledge', committing his office to use Australian-made paper and to use his influence in Parliament to support urgently needed reforms like stronger anti-dumping laws. "We're also thrilled he signed our petition calling on Barnarby Joyce to ensure the government uses Australian-made paper." click here to read full story.
Media Release - 10.9.14 - CFMEU National Office
Labour Market Testing in 457 Visa program must stay
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called on the Abbott Government to reject outright a recommendation to abolish Labour Market Testing (LMT) in the 457 Visa program. The Government's report into the 457 Visa program, released today, recommends removal of the requirement for employers to look for a local worker first before employing someone on a 457 temporary work visa. The requirement came into effect in November last year and currently only applies to around a third of occupations.
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said the report, if adopted, would deny qualified locals desperately needed jobs, enable more exploitation of 457 Visa workers and undercut everyone's wages and conditions. click here to read full story.
Bechtel Curtis Island
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.
K1 RNA Showgrounds
This notice is for the attention of the officials, delegates, officers, employees and agents of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy, Industrial Union of Employees, Queensland (CFMEUQ) and workers covered by the Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd/CFMEU Joint Development Agreement Mark 8 2012-16 including employees of Bosform Pty Ltd, Mack Steel Pty Ltd, VTS Rigging Pty Ltd and Place Corp (Australia) Pty Ltd. A hearing in regards to this matter is scheduled for this Thursday, 17 July 2014.
- An interim order was issued by the Fair Work Commission on 11 July 2014 in regard to- K1 RNA Showgrounds, Corner of Symes Street & St Pauls Terrace, Bowen Hills (the Site). A copy of this order is available here.
- The effect of the order is that all persons and organisations bound by this Interim Order must stop, not engage in and/or not organise industrial action in respect of work being conducted at the site and must not further engage in, recommence, or threaten to engage in, industrial action whilst the Interim Order remains in operation.
- In accordance with the Interim Order the CFMEU and CFMEUQ advises all parties bound by this Interim Order to:-
- stop, organising and refrain from further organising industrial action; and
- not aid, abet, direct or encourage any person to whom this Interim Order applies to engage in conduct referred to above.