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.
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.”
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.