Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Hunter Valley mineworkers are joining forces with workers from around the world today as part of the Global Day of Action against Rio Tinto’s culture of insecure and precarious work.

The miners’ union today said Rio Tinto is notorious for attacking permanent jobs, pay and entitlements of workers in Australia and around the world.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has refused to rule out contracting out its entire permanent workforce at its Bowen Basin mines, including Peak Downs, Saraji and Goonyella Riverside, the miners union said today.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District President Steve Smyth said the company’s recent move to casualise the workforce at its Blackwater mine could be just the beginning of BHP’s plans to contract out the rest of its permanent workforce in Central Queensland.

Monday, 5 October 2015

The CFMEU has revealed a shock decision made in the final few weeks of the Abbott Government that has put the future of the Maryvale paper mill - a major Latrobe Valley employer - at risk.

Under a policy that had been in place for five years, all Federal government departments were to be required to procure 100% recycled paper this year.

But the policy was dramatically scrapped in one of the last acts of the Abbott Government - just before the requirement to purchase recycled paper was meant to come into effect.

Friday, 2 October 2015

The CFMEU has welcomed the decision of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions decision to offer no evidence against ACT organiser Johnny Lomax when his case comes up in court on October 19.

CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan said that the decision meant that Mr Lomax – who was charged with blackmail for negotiating an EBA that meant an employer was required to pay higher wages – was entirely vindicated.

“We argued from the outset that Mr Lomax was doing nothing other than advocating higher wages for the Union’s members – which is in fact his job,” he said.

Monday, 28 September 2015

The announcement by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton regarding the availability of 1500 Work and Holiday visas (Subclass 462) has made a mockery of Malcolm Turnbull's promise of a "new and consultative" Government, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union said today.

Peter Dutton has announced that some 1500 visas were offered to Chinese Nationals between the ages of 18-30 under a program negotiated under the China Australia Free Trade (ChAFTA) deal.