CFMEU Media Release 27/5/13
The CFMEU has hit out at Victorian Premier Denis Napthine's attempts to smear the union with comments about 'alliances' between the union and bikie gangs.
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan says the Premier's comments are without foundation.
"The CFMEU is an independent organisation. Our decision making is done through our democratic processes which are transparent. We have absolutely no alliances with any bikie gangs."
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The CFMEU has called for a re allocation of the resources of the Victorian Government’s Construction Code Compliance Unit, into safety initiatives, in light of the Federal Court decision last week and the government’s back down today.
Melbourne, Tuesday April 30
Over 10,000 construction workers jammed city streets today to stand up for workplace safety.
Their target was Grocon, the company that has had four people killed on its building sites already this year. The rally paused at the site of the Swanston St wall collapse, which killed Bridget and Alexander Jones and Marie Faith-Fiawoo, to observe a minute's silence.
On the Today show 26/4/13 Daniel Grollo denied CCTV footage showed a hoarding collapsing outside one of his sites, falling into Sydney's busy Pitt St.
When pressed by CFMEU National Secretary Dave Noonan and host Lisa Wilkinson, Grollo backflipped, admiiting the film was of a Grocon site, but tried to dismiss the matter by saying it happened "three years ago".
Since the protest outside the Myer Emporium last August it has been one saftey shocker after another from Grocon.
March 28: Wall collapse Swanston St, 3 dead
March 25: Worker skewered in leg by reo bar following scaffold collapse, Myer Emporium site, Lonsdale St
March 21: Crane crews forced to work in 96km/h winds. Load dropped at cancer centre site putting crane out of action and riggers sent out to change crane ropes at Russell St
March 13: Blowout occurs while tensioning slab at Emporium site
February 18: Crane operator Bill Ramsay falls to his death at Emporium site
December 2012: Formwork collapse during concrete pour, Emporium site
October – December 2012: Excavation at cancer centre site undermines and cracks Royal Pde, closing it to traffic for months .
28 September 2012: Dogman’s load struck by lightning after crane works through electrical storm, Emporium
26 September 2012: Carpenter severs finger after being required to dog tower crane illegally, Footscray
Over the past 6 months CFMEU safety advisers have been called to Grocon sites more than 30 times. Grocon management has tried to stop our advisers entering and doing their work.
This is why the CFMEU will never give up our fight to have OHS and union reps elected on Grocon’s sites.
Safety – No Compromise!
The CFMEU is involved in a new cooperative that will support local manufacturing and help the environment.
CFMEU Secretary John Setka says that support for the Earthworker cooperative is part of the union’s ‘green’ tradition.
“Since the Green Bans of the 1970’s construction workers have a proud history of leading the way in building a sustainable and equitable future.”
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