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.
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.
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.