Wednesday, 16 April 2014


The CFMEU called on Lend Lease for a more cooperative approach on safety following an internal audit conducted by the company that revealed serious safety breaches.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said Lend Lease senior management should listen to their workforce and engage constructively with their unions if they wanted safer workplaces.

“This audit, which is the company’s own document, reveals 60 safety breaches which have put workers at risk of fire, falls from heights and electrocution in the past 12 months.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Two workers have tragically died at the Austar coal mine in the Hunter Valley after a wall collapsed, causing fatal injuries.

At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased mineworkers’ families, friends and workmates.

Our Union's Northern District will make available any and all assistance required by the families in these most tragic of circumstances, and will offer support to members who were working with the deceased.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The CFMEU has been told by Forestry SA that it has sought the South Australian Government’s approval to reduce its workforce by 50 per cent within a year, and halve their redundancy entitlements.

Forestry SA employs 280 people across regional South Australia – the majority in Mt Gambier and the South East, but also Mt Crawford in the Adelaide Hills, and in the Wirrabara area. Around 150 jobs are at stake.

The move would go against the Government’s commitment a year ago to maintaining current arrangements, and would put fire protection of the forests in jeopardy.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Youth unemployment on the rise and apprenticeships on the decline: urgent action needed 

Recent figures from the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER), show a 14.2% decrease in the take up rates of apprenticeships from the previous year.

The numbers pertaining to construction are even more alarming as a recent environmental scan conducted by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) report completions of apprenticeships in that sector are down by 18%.

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Abbott Government’s assault on working Australians continues today with news of radical cuts and changes to the Age Pension coming in the Federal Budget.

Before becoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a commitment that there would be no change to pensions, well like many other things, he has changed his tune, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said.
“Lifting the retirement age changing indexation requirements and making it harder to access the age pension ignores the reality that while life expectancy may have risen, the ability of Australians to work in physically demanding jobs or maintain secure employment hasn’t risen with it,” Mr Oliver said.