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Media Release 28.6.16
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.
“This crisis has been created by the Liberals. They have slashed over $1 billion from apprenticeships, abolished the Tools for Trade Program and made huge cuts to adult apprentice programs. “The Liberals have no policy to resolve this crisis in youth unemployment and in skilled jobs,” he said. “Their plan is a cheap scheme that goes nowhere for young workers who earn $4 an hour, are not trained in skills, only to be replaced by another unemployed person when their time is up. Their solution for the much needed skilled workers we need for future infrastructure work is to continue bringing in unskilled visa workers within a scheme that is open to corruption and exploitation – as we saw reported yesterday.” Mr O’Connor said that there was now a stark contrast between Labor and Liberal on the issue of apprenticeships. click here to read full story
Media Release 23.6.16 - CFMEU National Office
93 jobs a day gone under the Liberal Coalition Government
Employment figures released today show that Australia has haemorrhaged 93 jobs a day in the manufacturing and mining industries on Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull’s watch. The ABS Labour Force Detailed Quarterly statistics show there are 44,000 fewer manufacturing jobs and 49,000 fewer mining jobs compared with when the Coalition took power in 2013. “Australia now has the lowest proportion of manufacturing jobs in the OECD,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said. “Since the Liberal Party has been in Government, we have lost 93 jobs in manufacturing and mining every day. This number will dramatically increase when Ford, Toyota and Holden cease manufacturing from later this year.
“And the number of underemployed people is now at its highest since records began. Jobs and Growth needs to be more than just a slogan. Job growth requires governments with an active role in supporting manufacturing and local communities through targeted industry policies.” click here to read full story.
Media Release 15.6.16 - CFMEU National Office
Union slams bizarre behaviour of Fair Work Building Commission
The CFMEU has labelled the latest instalment of the Fair Work Building Commission’s (FWBC) crusade against workers as bizarre, in the wake of a warning to workers on the Ichthys project in the Northern Territory that they could be sacked if they wore union stickers on their hard hats. CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan said that there was no law preventing workers from wearing union stickers. “To have your livelihood threatened because you choose to wear a sticker on your hardhat is another appalling example of the behavior of the FWBC. The company, Laing O’Rourke, claim that they have made these threats at the instigation of the FWBC, but when challenged to produce the audit requiring the removal of stickers, they have refused. The FWBC has refused to tell the workers or the union whether they have threatened to blacklist the company from Federal Government projects if the stickers are not removed, or the workers sacked. The union hopes that the FWBC is not trying to engineer a dispute as part of the Coalition’s election campaign. It should be remembered that the Government’s wish to expand this agency’s powers by reconstituting it as the ABCC was the trigger for this election,” he said. click here to read full story
Notices and FWC Orders
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 23 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 10 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
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FWC has ordered CFMEU to put out the following message. Note that it does not, and cannot apply to protected industrial action. The Fair Work Commission Amended Interim Order requires all industrial action to cease. Members should immediately stop all industrial action and return to work. A copy of the Amended Interim Order is available at the CFMEU Construction and General Division internet site and the CFMEU Construction & General facebook page.