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Media Release 25.5.15 - QCU
Submission builds case to address unfairness in industrial relations
Queensland unions today explained why the Palaszczuk government must reverse three years of industrial injustice at a Parlimentary inquiry into industrial relations. The Queensland Council of Unions, along with other affiliate unions, made submissions today to the Finance and Administration Committee investigating the Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. Mr Battams said the legislation is proposed to reverse changes made by the LNP which outlawed agreements on employment security, protections against contracting out and union encouragement. "This legislation is simply putting back in place what was taken away by the previous Newman government," he said. click here to read full story.
Media Release 22.5.15 - QCU John Battams (President)
Union submission builds on century of TJ Ryan achievements
Today (22.5.15) Queensland celebrates a century of achievement built through nation-leading industrial legislation. On 22 May 100 years ago, Queenslanders elected the reformist TJ Ryan Labor government which introduced laws that remain central to modern working life. Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams and TJ Ryan Foundation Chief Executive Emeritus Professor Roger Scott will mark this significant anniversary with the launch of a combined union sumission to a Parliamentary committee investigating the Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. click here to read full story.
Media Release 21.5.15 - CFMEU National Office
Government abandons Shoalhaven paper workers as mill closure date announced
The Federal Government's failure to respond to a request to have the Shoalhaven paper mill workers' skills formally recognised has added insult to injury, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (the CFMEU) said. Time is now officially running out for the Shoalhaven paper workers, with the company announcing today the staggered closure of the Mill with the majority of workers departing on 31 July, 2015. The workers' skills can only be assessed while the Mill is operating. Unemployment in the region has spiked dramatically with 10,000 fewer jobs between the September 2013 Federal election and the announced closure of the Mill in February (16% of the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands workforce). click here to read full story.
Media Release 19.5.15 - CFMEU National Office
Rio Tinto must drop cynical challenge to asbestos compensation in NT: CFMEU
The CFMEU is urging Rio Tinto to drop its High Court challenge in an asbestos compensation case in the Northern Territory, in which the mining giant is seeking to limit future claims from victims. In a court ruling on Friday, a former Gove refinery worker won his compensation case and was awarded $425,000 from Rio Tinto after orginally being denied compensation due to a legal technicality. Rio Tinto immediately launced a legal challenge attempting to stop workers making common law claims for asbestos and restrict them to the Territory's inadequate workers' compensation system, which denied justice to asbestos victims due to the long gestation period of the illness. click here to read full story.
Building and Construction Impairment Policy
The CFMEU has announced its proposal for an impairment policy in the building and construction industry, which also includes testing for drugs and alcohol. We are currently in consultation with our members with regard to the policy. The policy - put together in conjunction with South Australia and Flinders University is about safety in the workplace.
The purpose of this policy is to minimise and recognise all kinds of impairment and related risk to work place health and safety. The policy will recognise that there is a range of factors that can contribute to impairment at work, including mental health, fatigue, chemicals, heat, noise, illness and injury, illegal drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs. click here to read full article.
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.
Motor Neurone Research Fund
Delegate and long term CFMEU member Peter Turner was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). MND is, in simple terms, a fast acting wasting condition. Motor neurones are the nerve cells along the brain which send instructions to the muscles in your body. When they pack up, so do you. The muscles that are needed to move around- speak, swallow and breathe, fail to work normally.
Peter’s daughter Nikki Turner has started a campaign to raise money for the Motor Neurone Research fund who aim to provide $2,000,000 annually towards research of the deadly disease.
Please help Nikki out in her campaign by donating today. Simply visit https://www.mycause.com.au/page/89910/motorneuroneresearchfund.