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Created Thu 21/08/2014, Last Updated Thu 21/08/2014

Crisis in Australian apprenticeships: construction apprenticeships down by almost a third; shortfall of 3,300 mining apprenticeships

An independent analysis commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed a crisis in Australian apprenticeships, with:

  • A national shortfall of mining apprenticeships of 3,300
  • Construction apprenticeships down by 28 percent since 2010
  • The ratio of apprentices to tradespeople in construction at its lowest level since 2003 - 12.4 per cent.

The report found the mining sector would need to increase apprentices by around 37 per cent to match its share of total tradespeople.

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Created Wed 20/08/2014, Last Updated Wed 20/08/2014

The 30 highest youth unemployment regions revealed; CFMEU calls for Government to scrap expansion of overseas worker programs

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today revealed the 30 regions in the country with the highest youth unemployment, and called on the Abbott Government to immediately halt its plans to expand temporary visa employment programs.

The National Secretary of the CFMEU Michael O’Connor said youth unemployment (15-24 year olds) across the country was at crisis point, and in some regions the situation was acute. Topping the list is outback South Australia, with a staggering 29.8 per cent youth unemployment.

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Andrew Vickers, General Secretary of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division speaking at the Convention (centre)
Created Fri 15/08/2014, Last Updated Fri 15/08/2014

Unions at Rio Tinto gear up for global day of action

Union leaders from seven countries at mining giant Rio Tinto came together at the United Steelworkers Convention this week to discuss plans for their upcoming global day of action.