Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union
The Australian Greens are not able to support the motion that has been moved by Senator Abetz and the coalition. The Greens amendment would have omitted all the words after 'that the Senate' and substituted the following: (a) notes that Grocon refused to abide by a recommendation from the President of Fair Work Australia, which was accepted by the CFMEU, that would have seen the protest cease and work recommence while talks continued, (b) reaffirms the importance of independent health and safety representatives willing to stand up for the employees they represent and (c) calls on the Victorian Baillieu government to fully explain its role in the dispute. It is a shame that the amendment was not put to the chamber for a vote.