CFMEU Wants Independent Work Safety Commission

Construction union boss, Dean Hall has called on the ACT to instate an independent work safety commissioner, joining with dozens of trades workers and union officials to march of the ACT Legislative Assembly, calling for action in workplace safety laws and protesting the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

The march in the ACT was one of several organised around Australia, with 20,000 workers marching in Melbourne, causing work to come to a standstill on 100 sites in Melbourne.

The union fears the new building code would negatively impact workers’ wages and safety.

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Construction Workers Take a Stand for Safety

The alleged lack of action following the death of construction veteran Jorge Catillo-Riffo, prompted CFMEU members to gather at parliament house in Adelaide on February 15.

Around 200 of the union’s members congregated outside following the dropping of charges against the company contracted to  build the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Jorge was one of 2 workers killed at the site.

The union said that since 2014, 3 workers were killed on the company’s sites in South Australia.

The union highlighted that while the company managed to avoid punishment for Jorge’s death, the union had received more than $1 million in fines in South Australia, many of the fines relating to safety inspections as perceived at risk work sites.


Michaelia Cash calls for return of Australian Building and Construction Commission


The Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has called for the reinstatement of the construction industry watchdog.

Earlier this month the minister called for the return of the Australian Building and Construction Commission following the decision by the  Federal Court to once again impose penalties on the Construction Division of the CFMEU.

The construction union together with 8 of its senior officials were fined a total $151,000 for organising and carrying out a violent blocade on Melbourne streets in front of Grocon sites in 2012.


Government Push for Construction Watchdog Continues

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The state government has vowed to continue its fight for the return of the Australian Building and Construction Commission after a failed Senate vote recently.

The Opposition, Greens and some crossbenchers voted against bringing back the construction watchdog which was done away with 3 years ago by the Labor government.

The state government says the watchdog is needed to tackle the lawless nature of the construction industry.

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