The CFMEU is calling on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to drop a charge laid against a CFMEU organiser for doing nothing more than advocating higher wages for the Union’s members.
ACT based construction organiser John Lomax has been charged over an Enterprise Agreement negotiated between the CFMEU and Canberra painting company Nel Trading and its principal, Woong Yul Park.
The AFP “Statement of Facts” on the case states that the CFMEU’s primary role is “to negotiate and secure improvements in working conditions and wages as well as ensure safe practices are abided by.”
Since last July 6th, 94 construction workers affiliated to the Trade Union #1 of the Company China Harbour Engineering (CHEC) in Chile started a strike due the poor conditions of security that provoked the death of a Chilean worker and the suicide of a Chinese worker due to "big work stress, which leads to constant physical aggression" by Chinese supervisors.
A poll of voters in the seat of Sturt conducted this week shows Christopher Pyne would lose his seat in a landslide if a candidate from popular South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon's team ran against him.
And the poll shows a dramatic drop in support for the Liberal Party in Sturt - irrespective of whether a Xenophon candidate contested.
The poll, conducted by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to gauge worker attitudes to the China Free Trade Agreement, finds that voters in Christopher Pyne's seat are overwhelmingly opposed to the Agreement. It finds: