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. “
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.
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.