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Media Release 16.07.14 - CFMEU QLD/NT Branch
CFMEU MEMBERS ENDORSE PROTECTED INDUSTRIAL ACTION AGAINST AMERICAN GIANT BECHTEL.
Yesterday, CFMEU members endorsed taking protected industrial action against American giant Bechtel in support of negotiations for an Enterprise Agreement on the $72 billion Curtis Island LNG project. CFMEU’s claims include a three weeks on, and one week off roster for fly in/fly out workers. Currently, fly in/fly out workers spend up to 29 days away from their families on a four weeks on and one week off roster which puts enormous pressure on family relationships. CFMEU members are also claiming better travel arrangements, and proper recognition skills in the classification structure.Bechtel has refused to continue negotiations after the workforce twice rejected their offer.
Divisional Branch Assistant Secretary Jade Ingham said, ‘It’s not just about money. Bechtel refuses to acknowledge the Qld industry standard roster. It is causing a great deal of stress for our members and their families. Bechtel need to get with the times and give their workers a more balanced work-life arrangement’. He also said, ‘The shortening of construction rosters has happened for quite some time now. All other projects in Queensland have progressed to the three weeks on, one week off roster, and in some cases a two weeks on one week off roster. Bechtel needs to resume the negotiations and change the roster before more workers become a statistic’.
With the QCLNG project scheduled to commence production before the end of 2014, CFMEU calls on Bechtel to resume negotiations, and listen to the concerns workers have regarding their work-life balance and the effect the current rosters have on their families. ‘This union makes no apology for requesting family friendly rosters. Construction workers, especially FIFO construction workers, are horribly over represented in social statistics such as divorce and suicide, a big contributor to this is being away from home too long’. CFMEU members are able to take protected action from 18 July with the giving of three days notice. Officials will be meeting with members shortly to discuss what industrial action is to be taken.
Media Release 11.07.14 - CFMEU National Office
Independent report into CFMEU NSW Branch released
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has today released the results of an independent investigation of allegations concerning the NSW branch by one of its organisers. The investigation, by eminent barrister Tony Slevin, was commissioned by CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor and has been provided to the organiser. The Slevin inquiry found that the allegations could not be substantiated and none of the organiser's six official complaints were upheld. The organiser's central allegation of favourable treatment of employer Greorge Alex by branch officials was contradicted by evidence of around $900,000 in entitlement arrears being receovered by the branch from Alex's companies. click here to read full story.
Media Release 08.07.14 - CFMEU National Office
Comcare: cheaper for employers, more dangerous for workers
Allowing national employers to join Comcare - the federal workers' compensation scheme - would seriously undermine safety at high risk workplaces and reduce employees' rights under common law, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has warned. The CFMEU is calling on the new Senate to block the proposed changes, following the tabling today of a government-dominated Senate committee report backing the bill. "The Comcare scheme was designed for Commonwealth public servants," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said. "The scheme simply lacks the expertise of capacity to ensure safety at the construction sites, mines or timber mills where our members work." click here to read full story.
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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.