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Media Release 29.11.16 CFMEU National Office
Cross bench can stop return to WorkChoices
The CFMEU is calling on the cross bench Senators to reject the ABCC bill and the building code attached to it in order to stop the return of WorkChoices. CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the code undermines the Fair Work Act by black banning employers who have agreements that comply with the Fair Work Act. “Employers will be blacklisted because they are meeting their legal obligations under the Act. Employers and workers will be banned from including basic rights and conditions in agreements. They will be banned from making sure that local Australians are employed before 457 visa holders. Ensuring the employment of apprentices will be banned. Limiting maximum overtime hours to ensure people are not working long, unsafe hours will be banned. Limiting casualisation and ensuring job security will be outlawed and workers will be banned from seeking the assistance of their union about safety issues on site. It’s clear the code is nothing other than a back door attempt to undermine the Fair Work Act and to bring back WorkChoices.” Click here to read full story
Media Release 28.11.16 CFMEU National Office
Union steps up campaign for banking Royal Commission
The CFMEU has renewed its call for a Royal Commission into Banks, vowing to step up its campaign to push for the inquiry, calling on the Senate to stand up and be counted. Speaking after the CFMEU National Conference on the Gold Coast, which was also attended by the MUA and the TCFUA, National Secretary Michael O’Connor said: “From failure to pass on interest rate cuts, to rampant credit card profits, to scandals in financial planning, barely a day goes by without another story of banks ripping off ordinary Australians. “Our members and ordinary working Australians are unwillingly bankrolling the relentless profits of bank shareholders, and criminal CEO salaries. “People have had enough of it.” The CFMEU has been campaigning for a number of months for a Royal Commission into the Banks and will increase activity in the coming months. click here to read full story
Media Release 24.11.16 CFMEU QLD/NT Branch
Corporate regulator missing in action as big builder continues to put workers in harm's way
The CFMEU has today filed a second round of legal proceedings against construction giant Hutchinson Builders for non-compliance of their certified agreement with regards to hours of work.
CFMEU Divisional Branch Secretary, Michael Ravbar said “Hutchinson Builders have once again, shown a total disregard for the safety and wellbeing of their workers by forcing them to work excessively long hours putting them in harm’s way. “Just last month this union filed legal proceedings against them for non-compliance of their certified agreement resulting in up to 24 contraventions of the Act. “It is absolutely outrageous that the corporate regulator (FWBC) has done nothing and is yet to hold this dodgy employer accountable. “The FWBC is all talk and no action when it comes to the compliance of big builders. We have heard time and again that the corporate regulator will hold unions and employers to the same accountability but we are yet to see any action when it comes to the builders. click here to read full story.