Northern Australian businesses will be able to exploit free Indigenous labour as a result of the Abbott Government's strategy to boost Indigenous workforce participation in remote communities.
The Government's White Paper on Developing Northern Australia outlines changes to the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) forcing Indigenous job seekers to participate in Work for the Dole for a minimum of six months.
Workers will not receive a training/apprenticeship wage but the Government will pay businesses for keeping Indigenous workers at the end of their placement.
Research conducted in seven marginal electorates in NSW, QLD, Victoria and South Australia has found that the overwhelming majority of voters do not support the China Australia Free Trade Agreement when they become aware of three elements of the deal.
The research was commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The Agreement, which was signed on Wednesday, allows:
The CFMEU today hit back at claims by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry that the CFMEU was lying about the potential impact of the China Free Trade Agreement.
"Given that Queensland's unemployment rate is the highest in the country and that the youth unemployment rate is as high as 20% in some regional areas you would think that Ms Landry would do her homework," the CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor commented.
Jack Cambourn, former National Secretary of the FEDFA, has sadly died at the age of 87.
Jack was a stalwart of working class struggle. Born in Balmain in 1928, he led the FEDFA, one of our predecessor unions, for many years. As Secretary of the NSW branch of the FEDFA he was an early leader of the 1970s Green Bans Movement, which crucially saved so much Sydney heritage.
As National Secretary of the FEDFA his vision unified the membership and enabled the formation of the modern CFMEU. Today the CFMEU mourns his passing.