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Withdrawal update: application to Federal Court

October 4, 2023

The Mining and Energy Union has today applied to the Federal Court for orders to formalise the withdrawal of the Mining and Energy Division from the CFMMEU and establish an independent union.

The application asks the Federal Court to allocate assets to the new union and set a withdrawal date. The MEU proposes 1 December 2023 as the appropriate date to establish the new registered organisation.

MEU General President Tony Maher said members had already waited two and a half years since unanimously endorsing the decision to pursue withdrawal at the Division’s National Convention in March 2021.

“We are confident this is the final step in what has been a lengthy process to deliver on our members’ wishes to withdraw from the CFMMEU.

“We appreciate members’ patience as we’ve worked through considerable legal and logistical complexities to reach this point.

“Our Union has a long and proud history and our members have expressed the strong view that our next chapter should be as a standalone union fully committed to representing the interests of mining and energy workers.”

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