Claims of sham contracting and 457 visa abuse made in the trade union royal commission must be thoroughly investigated, the CFMEU said today.
A former employee of Lis-Con, one of the companies appearing in the commission, has come forward with disturbing allegations including immigration fraud, tax fraud, bullying and intimidation.
“Here we have a whistleblower shining a light on systematic exploitation of overseas workers and rorting of Australia’s skilled migration scheme,” said CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
BHP’s own corporate strategy of cost-cutting and demanding ever-increasing production has directly contributed to global oversupply and collapsing coal prices, the CFMEU said today.
Today’s announcement of 700 job cuts at BHP’s Bowen Basin operations is a ruthless and unnecessary attack on jobs, said CFMEU Mining and Energy General Secretary Andrew Vickers.
“BHP is spearheading the drive by the multinational coal producers to increase production at lower prices – they are driving the oversupply we are seeing on global markets.
The CFMEU today called on the Abbott Government to properly fund law enforcement agencies – at both the state and federal level - so that that police are properly funded to fight crime.
CFMEU National Assistant Secretary Dave Noonan made the call following claims made yesterday at the Royal Commission into Trade Unions from Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Stephen Fontana.
"The police have an important job to do and are supported in this by the community and by the CFMEU," he said.