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Created Mon 1/08/2016, Last Updated Mon 1/08/2016

1 IN 15 COAL MINERS MAY HAVE BLACK LUNG DISEASE

In an announcement that is sending shockwaves through the mining industry, a report from medical experts investigating rates of Black Lung disease amongst Australian miners has revealed the problem is much worse than anticipated.

The first comprehensive review into a sample of 248 miner x-rays and health records has revealed that 18 cases have returned results showing Black Lung disease - in addition to the existing 11 cases that have been confirmed by the Queensland government.

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Created Mon 1/08/2016, Last Updated Mon 1/08/2016

CFMEU ESCALATES ACTION OVER ASBESTOS

The CFMEU is escalating their campaign for more action against illegal importation of asbestos after the discovery of the cancer causing substance on a major Brisbane project on the weekend.

The union is calling on all state governments to obtain information from Yuanda about products that the company has supplied on state government projects including two children’s hospitals in Perth and Adelaide.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor is also writing to Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton demanding action from the government.

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Created Mon 1/08/2016, Last Updated Mon 1/08/2016

UNION CALLS FOR URGENT NATIONAL MEETING WITH YUANDA FOLLOWING ASBESTOS EXPOSURE IN BRISBANE

The CFMEU has issued a national alert on Yuanda and called for an urgent meeting with the building supply company, following the discovery of asbestos material being used on a site in the Brisbane CBD.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said it was totally unacceptable that workers have been exposed to the gasket material, imported from China, without any knowledge that it contained asbestos.

“We all know how serious the issue of exposure to asbestos is,” he said.

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Created Mon 1/08/2016, Last Updated Mon 1/08/2016

High youth unemployment, plummeting apprenticeships will get worse if Liberals return to power

The plummeting of apprenticeship numbers that has occurred under the Liberal Government’s watch since 2013, are set to worsen if Malcolm Turnbull is elected according to CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O’Connor.  

Referring to new data released by the Department of Education and Training and reported in the Fairfax press today, Mr O’Connor said the crisis in skilled jobs and opportunities for young Australians, combined with the growth in overseas visa workers characterised the utter neglect of young people by the Liberal Government.  

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Created Thu 26/05/2016, Last Updated Thu 26/05/2016

Painful work truths

Just before reading the CT Letters to the editor on Monday, I had a brief telephone conversation with my husband, who is working on a building site. He had been awake since 5am and on-site since 6am. When I spoke to him at 1.30pm, he had been flat out all day doing incredibly hard physical work with no rest breaks or food. Someone had offered to get him a coffee but never did.

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Created Tue 3/05/2016, Last Updated Tue 3/05/2016

FWBC boss Nigel Hadgkiss should resign and seek pre-selection with Liberals

 

The CFMEU have called on Mr Hadgkiss to resign as director of the Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) and seek pre-selection for the Liberal Party, following his address to the AiG yesterday while the government is in election mode.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the behaviour of Mr Hadgkiss was extraordinarily inappropriate for a head of government regulator.

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Created Thu 7/04/2016, Last Updated Thu 7/04/2016

LEND LEASE WORKERS RALLY FOR UNPAID WAGES

At 10:30 today, CFMEU Construction Branch State Secretary John Setka and Bendigo MP, Lisa Chesters addressed construction workers who rallied in support of the mostly ethnically-Chinese workers from Lend Lease’s Bendigo Hospital development.

John Setka and Lisa Chesters were introduced by Trades Hall State Secretary, Luke Hilakari.

The construction workers gathered at Lend Lease’s Dockland’s office to demand payment for weeks of unpaid labour on Lend Lease’s Bendigo Hospital project.

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Created Wed 6/04/2016, Last Updated Thu 7/04/2016

WORKERS UNPAID ON BENDIGO HOSPITAL PROJECT DEMAND ANSWERS FROM LEND LEASE

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union today joined workers and their families from the Bendigo Hospital Project as they converged on the headquarters of Australia’s largest construction company Lend Lease to demand unpaid wages.

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Created Tue 5/04/2016, Last Updated Thu 7/04/2016

BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION REQUIRES NATIONAL WATCHDOG

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is again calling for a broad-ranging national corruption watchdog after polling showed almost two-thirds of voters support a national regulator.

The Research Now poll showed 65 per cent of voters supported a national corruption body but only 11 per cent support a building industry taskforce.

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Created Fri 1/04/2016, Last Updated Thu 7/04/2016

CFMEU RAISES MORE THAN $100,000 IN SIXTH YEAR FOR GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL

More than $100,000 has been raised so far by construction workers around the state as the CFMEU launches its 6th Hard Hankie Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The ‘Hard Hat Hankie’ appeal represents the efforts of Victoria’s construction workers who come together each year to raise funds and make a contribution to the Good Friday Appeal.

In the last five years, the CFMEU has raised a total of $625,000 through selling specifically designed merchandise, rattling buckets on site, raffles and other creative initiatives.