Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Trade Union Royal Commission today heard evidence of conflict between Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) inspectors and construction workers and union officials on building sites. 

Swearing on building sites is nothing new and doesn’t warrant a $53 million Royal Commission. The greater scandal is that industry regulators have been asleep at the wheel. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

The Federal Government decision to allow foreign workers with poor English into Australia on low wages will result in less employment, lower wages and more accidents for local workers, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said today that new "Designated Area Migration Agreements" (DAMAs) would hurt the employment chances of young Australians by allowing employers to use overseas workers to undercut the local labour market.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

An independent analysis commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed a crisis in Australian apprenticeships, with:

  • A national shortfall of mining apprenticeships of 3,300
  • Construction apprenticeships down by 28 percent since 2010
  • The ratio of apprentices to tradespeople in construction at its lowest level since 2003 - 12.4 per cent.

The report found the mining sector would need to increase apprentices by around 37 per cent to match its share of total tradespeople.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today revealed the 30 regions in the country with the highest youth unemployment, and called on the Abbott Government to immediately halt its plans to expand temporary visa employment programs.

The National Secretary of the CFMEU Michael O’Connor said youth unemployment (15-24 year olds) across the country was at crisis point, and in some regions the situation was acute. Topping the list is outback South Australia, with a staggering 29.8 per cent youth unemployment.

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called on the Victorian Government to join its campaign to ensure more rigorous Labour Market Testing for the controversial 457 Visa scheme on the back of disastrous unemployment figures in regional Victoria.

National Secretary of the CFMEU, Michael O'Connor called on the Premier of Victoria to show some courage and stand up to the Abbott Government over the 457 Visa issue.