In the News
Media Release 26.3.15 - Dave Noonan, CFMEU National Construction Secretary
CFMEU proposal for new impairment policy includes drug and alcohol testing
The CFMEU construction division is today announcing its proposal for an impairment policy in the industry. The policy – which for the first time includes a proposal for drug and alcohol testing - focuses on safety in the workplace. CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the union was consulting with the membership about the policy and stressed that testing was just one component of their proposal. “This is a policy that revolves around the causes of impairment in our industry that include fatigue, physical and mental health, job insecurity, injury and illness and drug and alcohol use,” he said.
“It’s important to remember that the percentage of people using drugs in our industry is no more or less than the general community and this is borne in study after study. “The union has worked on the ground in this space for over twenty five years raising awareness, offering counselling and assisting people overcome addictions.” The union is recommending mandatory blanket testing including testing employers and is calling on the MBA to support the union’s proposal. Mr Noonan said the union was changing its policy due to members’ concerns of the safety risks involved in working with someone who is impaired as a result of addiction or substance abuse. click here to read full story.
Media Release 24.3.15 - Michael O'Connor, CFMEU National Office
CFMEU welcomes long overdue Senate Inquiry into temporary work visas
The CFMEU has welcomed today's announcement of a Senate Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of temporary work visa systems, saying the system was failing jobseekers, particularly young people, and close scrutiny was long overdue. "There are 1.1 million temporary overseas work visa holders in Australia. In a period of high unemployment, it is time for a rethink of this system, particularly the impacts on young people," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said. "Most temporary work visa classes stop young Australians from being able to get a start and receive vital training, as employers hire foreign labour instead. With youth unemployment at crisis levels - for example one in five unemployed Australians are teenaged - this is simply unacceptable." Mr O'Connor said the overseas working visa system was rife with problems, including lax regulation and monitoring, insufficient requirements for employers to look for local jobseekers first, exploitation of overseas workers, and lack of controls over migration agents. click here to read full story
Media Release 23.3.15 - John Battams QCU President
Campbell's chaos thankfully in the rear-view mirror
Tomorrow (24.3.15) marks three years since the beginning of Campbell's chaos in 2012. Just three years after its election on March 24 2012 with a record majority, Queensland unionists are celebrating the fact that the Newman LNP government is no longer in power. Unions believe tomorrow's new State Parliament will provide welcome relief from the LNP's dysfunctional government. Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams said the LNP had created havoc in its single term of government which began exactly three years ago. Mr Battams said the new Palaszczuk Labor government had already signalled that it would take a more consultative approach before embarking on any significant reforms. He hoped the chaos of the past three years would be replaced by a renewed focus of real issues such as jobs. click here to read full story
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.