Production division celebrates new union election law

Production division celebrates new union election law

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The CFMEU’s Production Division has given its approval after the Australian Parliament passed a new law giving its members the right to vote on the future of their union.

This legislation, passed by the Senate today, gives members the ability to decide whether the Manufacturing Division remains part of the CFMEU or stand apart from it.

The Manufacturing Division will now organise a secret ballot, conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission, for members to cast their votes, the organisation said in a press release.

National Secretary Michael O’Connor thanked Senator Jacquie Lambie, Minister Tony Burke and other MPs who supported him.

“We are pleased that Parliament has passed this crucial legislation,” O’Connor said. “We thank Senator Lambie, Minister Burke and all the MPs who have supported our members.”

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Withdrawal from Amalgamation) Bill 2024 is based on an amendment introduced by Senator Lambie earlier this year.

The bill passed the House of Representatives last week and was approved by the Senate today with bipartisan support.

The Manufacturing division has been trying to raise the issue of withdrawing from the CFMEU with its members for some time, but has encountered resistance from the Construction division.

Members of the Manufacturing Division work in several essential industries, including flooring, cabinetry, carpentry, glass and glazing, installation and store fitting, forestry, wood and wood products, pulp and paper, furniture, textiles, apparel and footwear, and building products and materials. production.

“Our members are now moving towards a more active and respected role in the labour movement by formally distancing themselves from the CFMEU and its declining reputation,” O’Connor concluded.