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Created Thu 26/03/2015, Last Updated Thu 26/03/2015

Large block of stone falls 25 metres from Grocon site

A large block of stone has plummeted 25 metres from a Grocon building site at Martin Place in the second near-miss at the busy CBD site in just under two months.

The accident happened at the busiest time of day and according to CFMEU Safety Co-ordinator Mick Preston it is pure luck no one was killed.

The stone narrowly missed six workers on its way down and caused extensive damage to scaffolding before it landed just centimetres inside the site boundary.

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Created Thu 26/03/2015, Last Updated Thu 26/03/2015

CFMEU proposal for new impairment policy includes drug and alcohol testing

The CFMEU construction division is today announcing its proposal for an impairment policy in the industry. The policy – which for the first time includes a proposal for drug and alcohol testing - focuses on safety in the workplace.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the union was consulting with the membership about the policy and stressed that testing was just one component of their proposal. “

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Created Tue 24/03/2015, Last Updated Tue 24/03/2015

CFMEU welcomes long overdue Senate Inquiry into temporary work visas

The CFMEU has welcomed today's announcement of a Senate Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of temporary work visa systems, saying the system was failing jobseekers, particularly young people, and close scrutiny was long overdue.

"There are 1.1 million temporary overseas work visa holders in Australia. In a period of high unemployment, it is time for a rethink of this system, particularly the impacts on young people," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said.