The national office of the CFMEU has launched a campaign designed to encourage workers to speak out against dangers in the workplace with a shocking statistic that, every six minutes a worker suffers a serious injury or dies on the job in the workplaces that they cover.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is Australia's main trade union covering workers in construction, forestry and furnishing products, mining and energy production.
The campaign that they have launched is called 'Stand up. Speak out. Come home' and it includes a website that features the real life stories of what happens when workers feel that they are unable to speak out about dangers at work.
One of the aims of the campaign is to collect and share stories and experiences of workers and to encourage others to sign up and join the union in campaigning for action against employers who cut corners on safety and against any government legislation that might weaken health and safety agencies. It also seeks to show the vital role that is played by the union in taking a stand against dangers in the workplace and how this has helped to protect its members in the various industries that it covers.
Details of the campaign and some of the stories that they have collected can be found on the website at - www.standupspeakoutcomehome.org.au