September 21, 2022
New application for a member ballot to withdraw from CFMMEU
On 15 September 2022, our Union lodged a new application with the Fair Work Commission for a ballot of members to withdraw from the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union and form a standalone union.
On the same day, the Manufacturing Division also lodged an application for a member ballot to withdraw from the CFMMEU.
As you know, our previous application lodged in March 2021 was dismissed on technical grounds.
However, legal setbacks have not dimmed our Union’s determination to give members a vote over our future. Our Central Council has again reaffirmed its unanimous support for pursuing a ballot to give members a voice.
The new application was supported by a petition of nearly 3,000 members from across all district branches and we thank all members for their support.
You deserve a vote on our Union’s future, and we are hopeful that our new application means you will get the opportunity soon and without further legal interference.
The mining and energy industries face significant challenges ahead. Workers in these industries need a Union that understands them, understands their industries and is willing to stand up for their jobs, working conditions and communities.
It’s what we do and will continue to do.