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Union Wants Harsher Sentences for Workplace Fatalities

The CFMEU, one the biggest unions in WA has called on the government to follow a Victorian Labor party commitment and introduce 20 year jail sentences and multi-million dollar fines for those employers who fail to prevent workplace fatalities. The

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Master Builders Association Accuses Union Leader of Encouraging Lawlessness

Comments by new Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus, have been described by the South Australian head of Master Builders as “an acceptance of disregard for the law”. Responding to comments by McManus, Chief Executive Officer Ian Markos

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Construction Firm Facing Public Project Ban

The federal construction watchdog is considering imposing a rare sanction on a large building firm which would exclude the company from millions of dollars in government work for 12 months. The watchdog is considering the action after the firm discriminated

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Australian Federal Police Accused of Unjust Treatment by Construction Union

Officials from CFMEU have accused the Australian Federal Police of unjust treatment and of adopting an “unbalanced and aggresive” approach towards union activities. The union claims they are just executing the Turnbull government’s anti-union ambitions. A Victorian union safety officer

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Senate Rejects ABCC Bill

An election is looming after the bill to reinstate the construction industry watchdog – The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was rejected in the senate. Australians may have to go to the polls on July 2 after Senate rejected

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Prime Minister to Target Lawlessness in Construction

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is on a mission to end “lawlessness” as he calls it, in the construction industry. The PM has called on parliament to vote to return law and order to the sector which he said was crucial

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Melbourne Blue Collar Workers on CityLink Upgrades Enjoy Generous Pay

Construction workers on Melbourne’s CityLink road upgrade will from this week start enjoying an average of more than $160,000 a year, this is according to an analysis of a union wage deal on TheAge.com.au. While construction workers may be celebrating,

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CFMEU Boss John Setka in Court

Thousands of unionists, supporters of CFMEU boss John Setka brought Melbourne’s court district to a standstill on Tuesday as Setka appeared in court over blackmail charges. Union members took to the streets in their thousands, flooding William Street and bringing

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Master Builders Says Construction Industry Lawlessness Report ‘Deeply Disturbing’

A key target of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption is the construction union and according to Fair Work Building and Construction director Nigel Hadgkiss the last financial year has been marked by “alarming rates of lawlessness” in the

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Unions Call for Govt to Increase Rehab Funding for Workers

The CFMEU has called on the Federal Government to allocate more funding towards drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for construction workers. The union said if the health and safety of construction workers was a priority to the government, they would

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