Sunday, 26 July 2015

CFMEU National President Tony Maher today seconded a resolution at Labor’s National Conference to develop an Electricity Modernisation Strategy to manage change in the electricity sector, which is being driven by both global and domestic forces.

Mr Maher said the electricity sector had been changing for decades with declining growth in electricity generation driven mainly by lower manufacturing output, increased energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV, but industry restructure planning has never been done well.

Friday, 24 July 2015

The arrest of ACT CFMEU official John Lomax for trying to negotiate better pay and conditions for workers is an absolute disgrace, according to CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.

“It is unprecedented and an absolute disgrace that the Abbott Government is using the police to intervene in what is purely an industrial matter,” he said.

“Mr Lomax was arrested this morning. He was denied the right to have a lawyer present during the time he was at the police station. He has not been provided with any written document setting out allegations against him.”

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is unprecedented in Australian history, according to an analysis by a union that has identified six ways in which ChAFTA is unlike any other free trade agreement signed by Australia.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has carefully examined the China Australia Free Trade Agreement, signed by Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and China’s Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng in Canberra last month.

Friday, 17 July 2015

A number of employers gave evidence of paying money to former CFMEU official Halafihi Kivalu in the Union Royal Commission on Monday and Tuesday this week in Canberra.

There was no evidence from employers that the union was aware of these payments or that any other officer was involved.

On Thursday Mr Kivalu in both his testimony and in a written statement admitted to receiving tens of thousands of dollars from employers.

Mr Kivalu also gave evidence that no one at the CFMEU knew of the payments.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Workers at Queensland coal mines will wear safety stickers on their work gear today as part of a Day of Action to promote safety in their workplaces, despite this being banned by many employers.