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Created Mon 12/12/2016, Last Updated Mon 12/12/2016

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.

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Created Thu 8/12/2016, Last Updated Thu 8/12/2016

IndustriALL calls for urgent ILO action on deadly Chinese coal mines

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the International Labour Organization (ILO) urging it to intervene to improve safety in Chinese coal mines, following the deaths of 86 coal miners in a matter of weeks.

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Created Wed 30/11/2016, Last Updated Wed 30/11/2016

Backdoor deal to pass ABCC sells out 1 million workers

The passing of the bill to bring back the ABCC by the Senate this morning through a backdoor deal with One Nation, Senators Nick Xenophon and Derry Hinch has sold out the civil and industrial rights of 1 million Australian workers.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the rights of 1 million construction workers have been sold down the river by cross bench senators to horse trade with the government on other issues.

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Created Mon 28/11/2016, Last Updated Mon 28/11/2016

Appin contractors protest wage cuts by labour hire company Mastermyne

This week local Appin contractors will protest the ongoing wage cuts by ruthless labour hire company Mastermyne who will once again attempt to undercut workers’ pay in the South West region, adding to the tally of cuts of around 40 percent in the last two years.

CFMEU Mining & Energy Division South West District Vice-President, Bob Timbs said the union is calling on mine operator South 32 to fulfil its duty of corporate responsibility and negotiate a fair deal for local contract mine workers.

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Created Mon 28/11/2016, Last Updated Mon 28/11/2016

Anglo American cuts permanent local jobs to keep casual workers at German Creek mine

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division will hold meetings with Anglo American over 33 permanent local workers from the German Creek mine having been made forcibly redundant since Friday afternoon, in a move by the company to cut permanent jobs and maintain labour hire contractors.

The dismissal notices were emailed to the shocked workers.

CFMEU M&E Queensland District President, Stephen Smyth said the company is clearly trying to pick off union members following an ongoing industrial battle over rights and conditions at the mine.

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Created Thu 24/11/2016, Last Updated Thu 24/11/2016

Workpac contractor employees reject proposed new agreement – setback for casualisation

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division said the failure of labour hire company Workpac’s proposed new enterprise agreement is good news for workers and a setback for the casualisation of the mining workforce.

CFMEU M&E Queensland District Senior Vice-President Mitch Hughes said he hoped the predominantly rejection vote by the company’s employees would be enough to send a signal to labour hire companies that workers are ready to stand up for their workplace conditions, and fight for secure jobs.

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Created Thu 24/11/2016, Last Updated Thu 24/11/2016

CFMEU condemns ‘get out of jail free’ card handed to Anglo over death of mineworker Paul McGuire

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division condemned as insulting a fine handed down to mining giant Anglo American after the company pleaded guilty to the death of worker Paul McGuire at its Grasstree mine, North-West of Rockhampton.

CFMEU M&E Queensland District President, Stephen Smyth, said Anglo was given a get out of jail free card and literally got away with murder because of the absolute inadequacies in the present system.

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Created Thu 24/11/2016, Last Updated Thu 24/11/2016

CFMEU calls on AGL to bargain in good faith and ensure Victoria’s power supply

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division put out advertising in the Latrobe region calling on energy company AGL to put the people of the Latrobe Valley first and negotiate a new employment agreement with workers.

CFMEU M&E Victorian District Secretary, Geoff Dyke said the company is refusing to bargain, instead threatening to cut jobs and major entitlements, and has failed to guarantee Victoria’s power supply in the event of protected industrial action.

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Created Thu 24/11/2016, Last Updated Thu 24/11/2016

Mining communities in regional Queensland to have their say at Parliamentary Inquiry into Black Lung

Black Lung victims throughout Queensland will have their say as the public hearings for the State’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Black Lung disease commence in regional Queensland this week.

The committee will visit mining communities in Collinsville, Moranbah, Dysart, Middlemount and Mackay.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President, Stephen Smyth, said the inquiry would allow victims and experts to speak in an open public forum and get all the issues out in the open.

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Created Fri 18/11/2016, Last Updated Fri 18/11/2016

AGL lies to exploit Hazelwood situation in attempt to discredit Loy Yang plant agreement

Today the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division said energy company AGL has stooped to new lows in an attempt to discredit the current Enterprise Agreement at the Loy Yang power plant by claiming it blocks redeployment of Hazelwood workers.

CFMEU M&E Victorian District Secretary, Geoff Dyke said the company has not consulted with the union about its intentions to engage Hazelwood employees at the Loy Yang plant, and are attempting to cynically exploit the workers’ predicament in an attempt to discredit an agreement they want to terminate.