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Media Release 2.8.17 ACTU

Australian workers are getting poorer and the Turnbull Government is doing nothing

Working Australians are struggling to keep up with the soaring cost of living, while the Turnbull Government hands out $65 billion in tax cuts to big corporations. The results of The University of Melbourne’s Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (Hilda) survey found all Australians are being hurt by stagnant wages, with household incomes going backwards since the Global Financial Crisis. In 2009, the median household disposable income in Australia was $77,411 (in 2015 dollars), but in the six years from 2009 to 2015, median household incomes actually fell 1.5 per cent to $76,225.

Home ownership is now also out of reach for most Australians under 40, with the percentage of people who owned a home in 2014 lower than it was in 2002. In Sydney the numbers were particularly grim, with home ownership for under-40s down to 20 per cent from 31 per cent since 2012. The cost of childcare was also found to be having a profound impact on the lives of working people, with costs up 104 per cent for single income families and 75 per cent for couples since 2002. click here to read full story

Media Release 31.7.17 CFMEU QLD/NT Branch

Premier puts Queensland first: Queensland workers, Queensland jobs, Queensland businesses.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered a massive win for Queensland workers, families and businesses with the announcement of the Queensland Government’s new Queensland Procurement Strategy. This new policy, which will take effect as of 1 September 2017, will ensure that the Governments multi-billion yearly investment in goods, essential services and infrastructure will directly benefit Queensland workers, Queensland families, Queensland businesses and the Queensland economy.

Under the policy;

• Local subbies and manufacturers (within a 125km radius) on significant infrastructure projects of $100 million or more will be given preference. 

• Prioritises the use of ‘truly local suppliers’ and will create and support quality local jobs to ensure Regional Queensland prospers. 

• Youth will also benefit greatly with a 15% training policy (up from the current 10%) on all eligible projects which will deliver a huge boost to apprenticeship numbers in the state. 

• The new Queensland Procurement policy will be backed up by a special compliance, co-ordination and referral unit. 

CFMEU Divisional Branch Secretary Michael Ravbar has praised Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni for not being afraid to do the hard work and actually deliver a bold and well thought out policy, which puts Queensland first.   click here to read full story

Media Release 25.7.17

System Broken! Breach of WHSQ Laws equate to slap on the wrist!

After exposing at least 6 workers and countless members of the community to deadly asbestos fibres over a period of four months back in 2012, the Department of Transport and Main Roads was yesterday handed a slap on the wrist fine for their failure to comply with their duty under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011.

CFMEU Divisional Branch Secretary Michael Ravbar said, “Yesterday’s ruling has once again proven that the system is broken and highlights that this Government is failing the community when it comes to health and safety. “Serious accidents and deaths will continue to occur while the Queensland Government sits on their hands and does nothing to deter employers from breaching workplace health and safety laws.

“The decisions handed down by the courts concerning workplace health and safety breaches seem to always favour the corporation at fault and deliver no real justice for the workers involved.In this case, the courts have once again failed the community by continuing with their long-term trend of awarding low, barely noticeable fines to those employers responsible for negligence at the workplace.

“It is incomprehensible that the lives of at least 6 workers and those of countless innocent community members have been compromised and the department liable has been handed a measly penalty of $175,000 out of a possible $1.5million.That equates to not even $30,000 per worker! This fine does nothing to deter others to comply with Work Health and Safety laws and instead shows that community and workers safety is not worth a lot.” Click here to read full story