Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has put forward five changes to the way Government departments buy goods and services, to immediately support Australian jobs and industries.The union's call comes with the release of a Senate Inquiry report into Government procurement procedures that recommends an overhaul of the way the Government spends $40 billion a year of taxpayer money to buy goods and services.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Today is the anniversary of the day the Queensland community of Moura was hit with disaster, when a massive explosion at No. 4 mine claimed 12 lives, on 16 July 1986.

19 men were working underground when disaster struck; 12 were killed instantly and 7 were able to help each other to the surface through clouds of dust and gas. District Check Inspectors and rescue teams were quickly on the scene, but it was apparent from the intensity of the blast and the accounts of the survivors that the operation would be one of recovery rather than rescue.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The CFMEU said claims by the South Australian Liberal Party that Carter Holt Harvey would relocate its Mount Gambier Particleboard operation to NSW were wrong.

The false claims were reported in the Australian newspaper.

Brad Coates from the CFMEU (pictured) said the comments from State Liberal opposition spokesman for Forests, David Ridgway, were wrong and misleading.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Evidence heard today in the Trade Union Royal Commission in Sydney referred to two companies – the Lis-Con group of companies and the George Alex group of companies. Both companies owed money to workers. 

The union pursued the entitlements of workers from both these companies. The CFMEU secured $600,000 in unpaid super from Lis-­‐Con and $900,000 in workers entitlements from the Alex group of companies.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Miners’ Union is urging the parliamentary committee for Northern Australia to recommend scrapping tax perks for companies using Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) instead of local workers.

CFMEU Mining and Energy General Vice President Wayne McAndrew said the growing use of FIFO in the mining industry was denying jobs to locals in regional areas and undermining the livelihood of regional communities.

“There is a legitimate role for FIFO work arrangements in remote areas,” said Mr McAndrew.