Thursday, 26 March 2015

A large block of stone has plummeted 25 metres from a Grocon building site at Martin Place in the second near-miss at the busy CBD site in just under two months.

The accident happened at the busiest time of day and according to CFMEU Safety Co-ordinator Mick Preston it is pure luck no one was killed.

The stone narrowly missed six workers on its way down and caused extensive damage to scaffolding before it landed just centimetres inside the site boundary.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The CFMEU construction division is today announcing its proposal for an impairment policy in the industry. The policy – which for the first time includes a proposal for drug and alcohol testing - focuses on safety in the workplace.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the union was consulting with the membership about the policy and stressed that testing was just one component of their proposal. “

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The CFMEU has welcomed today's announcement of a Senate Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of temporary work visa systems, saying the system was failing jobseekers, particularly young people, and close scrutiny was long overdue.

"There are 1.1 million temporary overseas work visa holders in Australia. In a period of high unemployment, it is time for a rethink of this system, particularly the impacts on young people," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The State Grid Corporation of China - wholly owned by the Chinese Government - has emerged as the likely buyer of the NSW electricity network. Selling the electricity network is wrong - selling it to another country is just not on.

Monday, 23 March 2015

The CFMEU is outraged that yet again, local skilled workers are being bypassed whilst businesses are being granted access to more 457 visa workers through Designated Migration and Labour Agreements.

Divisional Branch Secretary Michael Ravbar said, 'there is no justification whatsoever for any 457 visas to be granted for low-paid sub-trades in the Northern Territory construction industry.