The Nuts & Bolts

The EBA that only the CFMEU could deliver

Written by John Setka on 27 October 2016

A mass meeting of CFMEU members on 26 May at Festival Hall unanimously endorsed the new EBA.


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Three Dead Construction Workers in Four Days!

Written by Dave Noonan on 17 October 2016

In Brisbane, two construction workers have died a terrible death, crushed by a nine-tonne concrete panel.


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Thinking of my Friend Tony Medina

Written by Dave Noonan on 16 August 2016

A good-looking, soccer-loving charmer, my good friend Tony Medina worked tirelessly for two decades to safeguard workers against the hazards involved in the removal of asbestos - an area he himself had worked in before becoming a union official.


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Government Must Push Apprenticeships, not Cheap Labour

Written by Dave Noonan on 25 July 2016

Within 24 hours of the Turnbull Government’s unveiling of the PaTH program designed to address youth unemployment, both the Prime Minister and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash were unable to answer mounting questions relating to the initiative, which Cash described as ‘exciting.’


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This election - Vote for your safety

Written by Gerry Ayers on 29 June 2016

In this election, Malcolm Turnbull has not spoken about workers’ safety – something we know is important to you.


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I won't stop fighting for you

Written by John Setka on 04 May 2016

You will be hearing a lot more about me. None of it will be about leading a union that is delivering premium wages and conditions for workers in the industry, about pioneering a progressive drugs policy, or about the money we raise on site for the Royal Children’s Hospital.


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Standing up for Safety is not a ‘Racket’

Written by Dave Noonan on 11 March 2016

In late February, a man died while at work on the Royal Adelaide Hospital site in South Australia.


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Verdict is in: we'll never sell out our members

Written by John Setka on 18 December 2015

Late one Friday afternoon in mid November the Trade Union Royal Commission quietly released a statement saying I was cleared of all the allegations made by one of their ‘star’ witnesses, Andrew Zaf.


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Naked Bias of Royal Commission Revealed

Written by John Setka on 15 September 2015

If anyone had any doubts about the true purpose of the Royal Commission, they need look no further than Heydon’s acceptance to speak at a Liberal Party fundraiser and the arrest of Johnny Lomax.


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Workers’ lives at stake, Mr Abbott

Written by Gerry Ayers on 19 August 2015

You’ve probably heard about the looming China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) – not good news for construction workers.

You probably haven’t yet been told about the most alarming part of this dud agreement: its undermining and erosion of workplace OHS standards and conditions that unions have fought hard to win over many decades.


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