CFMEU pushing closed shop ahead of possible Labor win

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 23-Apr-19

The New South Wales branch of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union has declined to comment on claims that it has adopted a ‘no ticket, no start’ policy at construction sites in Sydney. The Master Builders Association has raised concerns about the practice, with executive director Brian Seidler fearing that the push for compulsory union membership on building sites will spread to other states. The federal government’s building code – which Labor wants to abolish – prohibits ‘no ticket, no start’ arrangements.

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CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW SOUTH WALES PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION

Unions draw strength from spectacular victory at coalmine

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 17-Jan-19

Wollongong Coal has agreed to a new pay deal to end a strike by labour hire workers at the Wongawilli Colliery in New South Wales. The hourly pay rate of CAS Mine Services employees at the mine will be increased by 12 per cent, and their weekly production bonus will be increased. They will also become permanent workers on fixed-term contracts, while CAS has agreed to negotiate a two-year enterprise agreement that includes two annual pay rises of two per cent. The deal has been welcomed by the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union.

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WOLLONGONG COAL LIMITED – ASX WLC, CAS MINE SERVICES PTY LTD, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ACTU

Unions go to war over labour hire

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 11-Jan-19

The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union is seeking a 10 per cent pay rise for labour-hire workers at a New South Wales coal mine. The workers at Wongawilli Colliery, who are paid significantly less than workers at other mines in the region, will commence a seven-day strike. CAS Mine Services has warned that the proposed pay rise is not financially viable. The CFMMEU’s national president Tony Maher says the poor treatment of labour-hire workers will be a key issue at the upcoming federal election.

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CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, CAS MINE SERVICES PTY LTD, WOLLONGONG COAL LIMITED – ASX WLC, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Extensive raids reveal wage theft

Original article by Anna Patty
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 11 : 12-Jul-18

An investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found a high incidence of wage exploitation in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. The FWO raided businesses across the region in the wake of revelations by "The Sydney Morning Herald" that workers – including university students – were being underpaid. The FWO probe also found that many businesses have failed to comply with record-keeping requirements.

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AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG

Union bid for three strikes penalties

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 7 : 28-Jun-18

The New South Wales state conference of the Australian Labor Party will be presented with a motion to hold lead contractors on public projects liable for breaches of workplace laws across their supply chain. The motion will be put forward by the Transport Workers’ Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union. They will propose that head contractors have their contracts terminated if three separate breaches of workplace laws are identified. The unions also intend to put the motion to Labor’s national conference.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, TRANSPORT WORKERS’ UNION, AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING WORKERS’ UNION, AUSTRALIAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION

Patrick braces for illegal seven-day strike at Port Botany

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 17-Apr-18

Stevedoring firm Patrick will ask the Fair Work Commission to block Maritime Union of Australia members from taking unlawful industrial action at its Port Botany facility in Sydney. The MUA proposes a seven-day strike over negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement with Kalmar, which provides crane maintenance services for Patrick. The union imposed work bans on the weekend of 14-15 April in response to Kalmar’s move to deploy contractors to replace staff who were on sick leave.

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PATRICK CORPORATION LIMITED, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, KALMAR LMV, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION

Final bid to stop $100m rail strike

Original article by Andrew Clennell, Brad Norington
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Jan-18

Hopes of averting a rail strike in Sydney may rest with the Fair Work Commission, after members of the Rail, Tram & Bus Union voted against the New South Wales Government’s proposed wage deal for train drivers. FWC deputy president Jonathan Hamberger will shortly decide whether the planned strike action on 29 January can lawfully proceed. Train drivers will commence a ban on working overtime on 25 January, ahead of the proposed 24-hour shutdown of the rail network.

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AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN RAIL, TRAM AND BUS INDUSTRY UNION, SYDNEY TRAINS, TRANSPORT FOR NSW, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF COMMERCE. OFFICE OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, SYDNEY BUSINESS CHAMBER, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Talks bid to keep the trains running

Original article by Andrew Clennell
The Australian – Page: 3 : 18-Jan-18

The NSW Business Chamber estimates that a proposed strike by Sydney train drivers on 29 January would cost the state economy about $A100m. The heads of Unions NSW and the Rail, Tram & Bus Union will hold talks with officials from Sydney Trains and Transport for NSW on 18 January, in a bid to avert industrial action. The State Government is offering a pay rise of 2.5 per cent, but Unions NSW secretary Mark Morey says recent productivity gains provide scope for a higher wage increase.

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UNIONS NSW, AUSTRALIAN RAIL, TRAM AND BUS INDUSTRY UNION, SYDNEY TRAINS, TRANSPORT FOR NSW, NSW BUSINESS CHAMBER LIMITED

Coal mine strife stokes supply fears

Original article by Mark Ludlow, Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 21-Sep-17

A Glencore spokesman rejects suggestions that protracted enterprise agreement negotiations at its Hunter Valley coal mines has affected its ability to secure new supply contracts or fulfil existing contracts. Tony Maher of the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union claims that the industrial action has had a material impact on Glencore and resulted in a 20 per cent increase in the price of coal. There are concerns that the dispute could also result in higher electricity prices and affect electricity supply.

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GLENCORE PLC, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY COUNCIL, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, PACIFIC NATIONAL PTY LTD, AURIZON HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX AZJ