International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future while also recognising the existence of a range of barriers to women achieving equality and economic security.
The CFMEU recognises that women have made gains in realising some basic rights, but that inequalities persist and continue to disadvantage women. This is evidenced by the fact that women, on average earn $1 million less than men over a lifetime.
Abolition of the Australian Jobs Act would see major projects across the country employing fewer Australians.
Concerns that the Government plans to abolish Australian Industry Participation Plans by repealing the Jobs Act have been heightened by the Government’s call for a review of the Act.
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said repealing the Jobs Act would mean fewer opportunities for Australian companies – and therefore fewer Australian jobs - on major transport, energy and other projects.
The so-called “independent” review of the 457 Visa program announced today by Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash leaves many questions unanswered, according to the CFMEU.
CFMEU National Assistant Secretary, Dave Noonan said that the union welcomes any genuine review of the 457 Visa program.
“We believe the more light that’s shone on the 457 visa program the better. But the review announced by Senator Cash is unbalanced with apparently no formal terms of reference.
“It’s a one page media release and cites a reporting date of mid 2014 which is only 16 weeks away,” said Mr Noonan.
Seventy six workers are set to be prosecuted by the Federal Government in West Australia for allegedly attending a rally a year ago organised to lobby for employment and training opportunities for young people.
The Fair Work Building Commission is serving summonses on the workers – all from Crown Construction – who attended the rally on February 28, 2013 in Perth as part of a union and community campaign to push for local jobs and local content in West Australia’s mining sector.