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Media Release 21.6.15
Coalition could be wiped out by China Free Trade Agreement, new poll reveals
Research conducted in seven marginal electorates in NSW, QLD, Victoria and South Australia has found that the overwhelming majority of voters do not support the China Australia Free Trade Agreement when they become aware of three elements of the deal. The research was commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The Agreement, which was signed on Wednesday, allows:
* Chinese companies to bring in their own workers on projects worth more than $150 million, without first advertising for local qualified workers.
* Chinese companies to export goods to Australia without having to meet the same standards for protecting workers and the environment as Australian companies
* Chinese companies to sue future Australian governments if they pass laws that the company believes will have a negative impact on them.
The union’s research found that the number of voters who opposed the Agreement jumped drastically from 26% before they knew anything about it, to between 85% and 92% once they were aware of the above details. “The Abbott Government kept the details of the Agreement from voters for most of the last year, and now we know why – voters absolutely hate it,” CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O’Connor said. “Tony Abbot seems to have a plan for jobs - it’s just that they are not Australian jobs. “These features of the Free Trade Agreement with China will threaten Australian jobs at a time of high unemployment, put Australian manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage, and see even more unsafe building and other products flood our market at a time when more regulation, not less, is needed. “This research shows how dramatically out of step the Abbott Government is with voters on this issue.” click here to read full story.
Media Release 17.6.15 - CFMEU National Office
Landry needs to get her facts straight on China Free Trade Agreement
The CFMEU today hit back at claims by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry that the CFMEU were lying about the potential impact of the China Free Trade Agreement. “Given that Queensland’s unemployment rate is the highest in the country and that the youth unemployment rate is as high as 20% in some regional areas you would think that Ms. Landry would do her homework,” the CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor commented. “Thousands of jobs are disappearing in her electorate in the mining sector, with workers and their families left without work. You would think she’d pay more attention to the real story of the FTA and the jobs her Government has destroyed in signing this deal. click here to read full story.
Media Release 12.6.15
CFMEU calls for an end to corporate rorts that cost the community hundreds of millions every year
The CFMEU is calling for changes to legislation to stop the high number of corporate insolvencies in the construction industry which rip off workers and the community to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars every year. In a Senate Inquiry commencing today in the Federal Parliament by the Senate Economics References Committee, the CFMEU will be urging the Federal Government to adopt a series of measures to stop unlawful corporate behaviour that in 2013 -14 alone, saw workers lose up to $137 million, $63 million of which was in unpaid superannuation and the ATO lose $487 million in round terms in unpaid taxes.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that under existing laws, companies and their directors can and do breach civil and criminal laws with no accountability for their actions. “In the last ten years, more than one in five of all insolvencies have occurred in the construction industry. This is happening because unscrupulous operators deliberately abuse the corporate form to defeat legitimate creditors. When the operators collapse they take other business with them,” he said. click here to read full story.
China Free Trade Agreement is bad for workers!
It's a secret deal...made to benefit big business
The Abbott Government claims that the China Free Trade Agreement will help Australian businesses, including manufacturers, gain better access to China's economy, increase export opportunities, and open up new markets. The truth is very different. **The FTA has been negotiated in SECRET. **The Australian public has NOT seen the Agreement. **We only know what the government is telling us. **The Government has REFUSED to release the full details of the Agreement.
IT'S BAD FOR WORKERS
Did you know that:
** For all projects over $150m a Chinese company will be able to bring in an entire Chinese workforce, with not a single job reserved for Australian workers? ** Big business won't even have to go through the current process of proving that they have advertised jobs in Australia and been unable to find suitable workers? ** The deal means that there are no restrictions on how many workers are brought in to Australia, or for how long.
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.
The Construction Worker - May Edition
Notices and FWC Orders
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 23 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 10 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
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.