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NT Government Begins Six-Month Independent Review of NT WorkSafe

The Northern Territory Government has commenced a 6 month independent review of NT WorkSafe. The review will include a Territory reference group made up of union, government and industry nominees, looking into how policies, procedures and activities can be strengthened

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Workers Protest ABCC

Melbourne streets were swarmed by hundreds of trade and construction workers in high-vis gear to show their disapproval of the reintroduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission. The federal government’s changes to the Building Code and possible cuts to

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CFMEU Received $277K Fine for Major Hospital Blockade

The largest construction union in Australia has been fined a total of $277,000 for illegally blockading work at the Perth Children’s Hospital $1.2billion project on 3 separate occasions. The Federal Court handed down penalties to the union and seven of

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Victorian Mill Strikes Cops Union Massive Fine

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has scored a win against the construction union over a 3 day strike in 2014. The 2014 strikes at the Australia Paper Mill have been ruled as unlawful in a win for the

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Worker Crushed on Construction Site

A construction worker was recently killed when a steel beam being lifted fell and crushed him. The man, aged in his thirties was working on a barge near Sydney’s Darling Harbour. When police and emergency services arrived on the scene,

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Wave of Protests Hit Construction

A wave of protests by the CFMEU and its members are planned following the recent bill fast tracking contentious rules limiting union influence on Commonwealth-funded building sites. According to reports building sites across Australia can expect walkouts as union members

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Workers Stand Up Against ABCC

Following the death of 2 construction workers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and the dropping of charges against the company responsible for the site, around 200 members of the CFMEU gathered outside parliament house in Adelaide on 15 February. The

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Teenager Inducted as Carpenter before Serious Worksite Accident

A 16 year old carpenter was lucky to escape a 7 metre fall down a staircase void, shortly after being inducted onto the worksite as a “capenter”. The young man had practically no construction experience which raised concerns about the

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Company Fined for Pressurizing Workers to Join Union

A Melbourne company has been fined $17,600 and its director $2400 after telling a worker he could not work unless he was a paid up member of the CFMEU. The painting and decorating firm’s director sent a text message to

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Construction Industry Insider Speaks Out Over Site Fatality

Following the tragic accident on a Perth construction site that resulted in the death of a German backpacker, a construction industry whistle-blower has spoken out about safety standards within the industry. Marianka Heumann, a backpacker from Germany died when she

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