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Created Fri 27/02/2015, Last Updated Fri 27/02/2015

Wake up call for Abbott Government with Maryvale paper mill now in trouble

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said cost reduction measures announced by the Maryvale Paper mill today would sound alarm bells across the community and industry, and should immediately prompt the Federal Government to replace paper imports across its departments with Australian made paper.

The announcement by Australian Paper today of a cost reducing restructure comes on top of its decision two days ago to close the iconic Shoalhaven mill, resulting in the loss of the 75 remaining jobs at the mill - which once employed 600 people.

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Created Fri 27/02/2015, Last Updated Fri 27/02/2015

Inadequate penalties: Introduce industrial manslaughter for workplace deaths

The CFMEU is calling on the Queensland Government to introduce industrial manslaughter charges and sentencing for workplace fatalities and serious injuries.

This Friday, 27th February 2015, sentencing is scheduled to be handed down at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court to Allscaff Systems Pty Ltd and the director Ralph Michael Smith after the 2008 deaths of two workers on a Gold Coast construction site.

Chris Gear and Steve Sayer died after the swing stage scaffold they were working out of plummeted 26 stories to the ground after a malfunction.

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Created Wed 25/02/2015, Last Updated Wed 25/02/2015

Rio Tinto seeks conflict with unions at global meeting

Rio Tinto cut short a meeting with global union leaders when the leaders rejected the company's demand to end their campaign exposing Rio Tinto's unsustainable practices.8The meeting was held at Rio Tinto's office in Zurich on 6 February. It was jointly agreed to by a Rio Tinto Executive Committee member and IndustriALL Global Union, with the backing of a global network of unions at Rio Tinto. The company had agreed in advance to a fixed agenda for the meeting.