SAFETY ALERT - Working in heat
A Safety Alert was issued in early in December when a 45 y.o. male carpenter died on a rural QLD property after working in extreme heat. (You can read the alert here.)
Should you have any questions about working in the heat please contact our office on (07) 3231 4600 and we can put you in touch with your local area organiser.
In the News
Another 4 day heat wave is set to hit Queensland tomorrow. Please refer to the CFMEU Heat Stress policy and enact where necessary.
Remember, don’t take a chance. If someone is suspected to have heat stress call an ambulance immediately and enact the Heat Stress incident procedure.
Heat Stress Policy - http://www.qld.cfmeu.asn.au/files/pdfs/Heat%20Stress%20Policy.pdf
Heat policy reasons - http://www.qld.cfmeu.asn.au/files/pdfs/Heat%20Policy%20Reasons_11112016.pdf
Media Release 12.1.17 CFMEU QLD/NT Branch
More lives put at risk as Hutchinson Builders rely on 'Good Luck' over Good Management
An apparently red-faced Hutchinson Builders have spent the first week of 2017 cleaning up after another near miss on one of their projects. Sheer luck was on Hutchinson’s side as an eight-metre high brick wall came toppling down on the multi-million Villanova College building rehabilitation project during the school holiday period.
Acting Divisional Branch Secretary, Andrew Sutherland said, “This is just the latest in a long list of recently reported serious safety incidents on Hutchinson’s projects. It was nothing short of 'sheer luck' that this was not a catastrophe with multiple fatalities. The area affected by the collapse is adjacent to the tuck shop and would generally be one of the busiest areas for foot traffic throughout the school. If this collapse had occurred either two weeks before or two weeks after it did, the result could have been devastating.
"With the string of recent near misses and the overwhelmingly obvious shift in the business's attitude towards safety, Hutchinson Builders have fast gained a reputation for having the worst safety standards in the industry.
“The CFMEU is seriously concerned about the apparent rapidly diminishing standards of safety on Hutchinson sites and that it will be only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of their approach to the safety and wellbeing of workers and the public." click here to read full story
Media Release 13.12.16 CFMEU National Office
CFMEU calls on ABCC to reveal how much they waste on ideological battle against union
The CFMEU is calling on the Australian Building and Construction Commission to reveal how much taxpayers’ money they have wasted in courts in their latest ideological battle against the union. National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan made the call after the Full Court of the Federal Court yesterday dismissed an ABCC submission to take away the Right of Entry permit of the CFMEU Queensland Secretary, Michael Ravbar. “This is their third attempt at trying to take away Mr Ravbar’s Right of Entry. They lost a case, not once, not twice, but three times. “The community deserve to know how much money is being expended on what appears to be nothing but an ideological vendetta against Mr Ravbar and the CFMEU,” he said. The first attempt to thwart Mr Ravbar’s Right of Entry was in June 2014 after the CFMEU applied to the Fair Work Commission for right of entry permits for some of its officials, including Mr Ravbar. click here to read full story
Media Release 12.12.16 TCFUA & CFMEU National Office
CFMEU,TCFUA Amalgamation One Step Closer
The TCFUA and CFMEU have signed an Amalgamation Memorandum of Understanding, increasing the likelihood of finalising the amalgamation of the two unions by the first half of next year. “The signing of the Amalgamation MOU gives us a clear way forward to finalising the amalgamation, hopefully in early 2017,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said. “Members, delegates and officials have been enthusiastically supportive of the amalgamation discussions. They know that it will lead to better outcomes for our collective members, their families and the communities that rely on our jobs,” TCFUA National Secretary Michele O’Neil said. “People have asked me why our two unions have committed to an amalgamation process and I can give them no better reason than what is written in our MOU,” said O’Connor. click here to read full story