Australia: Mining group appeals new super union

Mining and building industry groups have lodged an appeal against the creation of a super union, reported The Australian.

The Australian Mines and Minerals Association and Master Builders Australia lodged their appeal with the full bench of the Fair Work Commission on Thursday, March 8, and want a guarantee the merger won’t go ahead until their case is heard.

But the unions say they’ve got the backing of members and will defend their right to merge.

The Commission this week approved the amalgamation of the Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), to create the new CFMMEU.

The MUA says the unions will vigorously oppose the appeal and defend the rights of workers to engage in freedom of association.

“Our members have overwhelmingly supported this amalgamation and it should be up to them to decide whether they merge,” national secretary Paddy Crumlin told Australian Associated Press.

Full Content: The Australian

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