Michael O Connor

Michael O Connor

Michael O’Connor has been National Secretary of the CFMEU Forestry and Furnishing Products Division since 2005, and has worked for the union for over twenty five years. During this time he has been an outspoken supporter of timber workers, their families and communities and has coordinated a large number of community campaigns in support of employment and resource security. He represents the interests of timber workers on a range of Government bodies including the Forest & Wood Products Council.

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Onya Swannie for standing up to the poor little richies

Onya Swannie for standing up to the poor little richies

03 Aug 12 You do not raise the prospects of a ‘class war’ by talking about inequality. You raise the prospects of class…... Read more

Renewable forestry vital to defend against bushfires

Renewable forestry vital to defend against bushfires

10 Feb 10 As we observe the first anniversary if the horrific firestorms that ravaged whole communities on Black Saturday, a typically scorching…... Read more

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