CFMEUConstruction Forestry Mining & Energy Union
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The fact is, when union membership collapsed at Hamersley and workers en masse (except a small handful) accepted the company's offer of 'staff' employment, they did so across the board, deserting even militant left-wing unions such as the Federated Engine Drivers & Firemen's Union (FEDFU) (now part of the CFMEU)--though they did retain a small membership--and the Amalgamated Metal Workers &Shipwrights Union (AMW&SU) (now the AMWU) as well as the right-wing AWU, the main union on site.
CFMEU (2008), Letter from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry into the Fair Work Bill 2008.
But Andrew Ferguson, CFMEU's NSW Secretary, has called for the abolition of the watchdog, which he said has 'not bothered to contact the CFMEU to discuss the violent attack or the conditions these migrant workers were forced to accept'.
Noel, the Senior Vice President of the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Victorian Division, was facing up to six months jail for refusing to give evidence to the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) about who he saw and what he heard at an off-site meeting of workers in 2007.
Some recent examples include disputes between CFMEU and Rio Tinto, FSU and the NAB group, the MUA and Patricks and the AMWU and Norge Skog (a pulp and paper multi-national corporation
* Rio Tinto, one of the world's biggest mining companies, refuses to negotiate with the CFMEU, representing its workers at the Pilbara Iron Company;
Noel Washington, Senior Vice President of the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) Victorian Division, refused to disclose the identities of workers attending an off-site lunchtime meeting in 2007.
(26.) Re Pacific Coal Pty Ltd, Exparte CFMEU (2000) 203 CLR 346 at 375.
I saw the CFMEU sponsorship of the Canberra Raiders and similar sponsorships by other unions and I was convinced this was something the NSWNA should also try.