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  Issue No 37 Official Organ of LaborNet 29 October 1999  

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Union Construct New Buildings for East Timor

By HT Lee

The CFMEU is delivering the first of 14 multi-purpose pre-fab buildings to East Timor next week.

The timber framed, double skinned pre-fab is 30 meters by 12 meters. It has a central hall which can house up to 400 beds at night.

It has eight separate office spaces for use as offices for aid agencies, health clinics, or for dispensing medical, clothing, food and other aid to the East Timorese people.

The 14 pre-fabs will be erected throughout East Timor in secured compounds within the next three months.

The first pre-fab was built and assembled in Melbourne. The materials were donated by the local construction companies and subbies. The labour was provided by the CFMEU Victorian branch.

The CFMEU in each state in conjunction with local builders and subbies will be building the 14 pre-fabs--six in Victoria, four in NSW, two in Queensland, one in Canberra and one in the Northern Territory.

Twelve national construction companies have agreed to fund the project by providing the on ground cost of labour to erect the buildings in East Timor.

A team of ten construction workers from Australia is now on the way to Dili. They will be erecting the multi purpose pre-fab with the help of local Timorese labour.

CFMEU Victorian Secretary Martin Kingham will be in Dili to help supervise the project. For further information contact Martin on 0418 534 205.


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*  Unions: Old Habits Die Hard
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*  Legal: Second Wave: Reith's Non-Right to Strike
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*  International: Wahid’s New Team
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