Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Commuting mineworkers are facing personal and family stress, extreme job insecurity, fatigue and lack of choice over their working and living arrangements, new research has found.

A survey of commuting workers, including Fly in Fly Out (FIFO) and Drive in Drive Out (DIDO) workers across northern Australia, found many workers fear they will be targeted or sacked if they raise concerns with their employer.

The Essential Research survey of 1493 workers commissioned by the CFMEU found:

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Mackay and Central Queensland region is missing out on millions of dollars per year because of BMA’s decision to exclude local workers from permanent jobs at its new Caval Ridge and Daunia mines, a new economic and social impact study has found.

The report conducted by SGS Economics and Planning found that sourcing just 30% of the workforce locally at Daunia and Caval Ridge would:

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

White Ribbon Day - Statement from CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor 

The CFMEU understands that family and partner violence have a far reaching impact on women, children and the wider community and we are committed to showing leadership on this issue.

As an organisation with a high percentage of male members we have a unique role to play in spreading the message of the importance of taking a stand against family violence.

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Federal Government's trade deal with China announced this week would hurt jobs in the Latrobe Valley's timber and paper industries warned the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

The deal will abolish the 5% tariff on Chinese copy paper and paper products. Imports have already contributed to nearly half of all pulp and paper jobs in Australia being lost over the last decade.

Even before this announcement, China was exporting 30 million reams of copy paper to Australia per year, or more than one third of what Australians use.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mineworkers from around Australia will attend BHP's AGM in Adelaide today to protest practises they say are alienating workers and communities and tarnishing the company's reputation.