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Media Release 29.1.16 - CFMEU National Office
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST ACT NOW: Tougher laws needed for unsafe building products
The CFMEU condemns the Federal Government for falling asleep at the wheel and putting the lives of the community at risk. Back in May last year, the CFMEU raised serious concerns about the lack of Government regulation over the use of imported and unsafe building products which do not meet our Australian Standards. A unit fire in Melbourne’s Lacrosse building exposed the issue of deadly imported aluminium cladding with a plastic core being misused in high rise buildings in breach of the building code. The CFMEU has recently been made aware that here in Queensland there is a current example of non-complying building products before the courts. The iglu Student Accommodation building which was completed late last year has been uninhabited for months due to non compliant building products holding up their certification.
It is believed that the building which is located at 65 Mary Street in Brisbane was constructed using aluminium cladding. This cladding which is similar to – the product linked to the Lacrosse Building fire in Melbourne last year - is certified overseas for its supposed fire retardant qualities but is not tested or passed in Australia. National Secretary Michael O’Connor said, “This issue is not just isolated to the Mary Street project in Brisbane. The union has major concerns over the safety of potentially thousands of students who are currently residing in similar units built by the same developer in Kelvin Grove, Sydney and Melbourne and workers and residents in high rise buildings throughout the country." click here to read full story
Media Release 04.01.16 - QCU
Unions get on with the job in 2016: Protecting pay and conditions for Queenslanders
Queensland unions remain focused on protecting weekend penalty rates as the major priority for the coming year. Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams said 2016 would be business as usual for unions, preparing to repel business and Liberal National Party attacks on wages and conditions. “Business enjoyed a billion-dollar boost over the holiday period but still they want to cut weekend penalty rates and the pay packets of our lowest paid workers,” Mr Battams said. News outlets reported that Queenslanders spent $1.2 billion between Boxing Day and the weekend past, an increase of 12 per cent on spending from the same period last year. “It’s unbelievable that the Liberal National Party politicians, including the Prime Minister, are refusing to stand up for the wages of hardworking Australians who sacrifice family and social time over the holiday break – and throughout the year - to strengthen our economy,” he said. click here to read full story
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:
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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.