Tony Maher

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Tony Maher is the President of the Mining and Energy Division of the CFMEU, the union which covers many employees in the mining industry. He has held the position since August 1998.[1]

A biographical note states that "prior to that he held various positions in one of the CFMEU’s predecessor unions, the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen’s Association (FEDFA). He has been an organiser and industrial officer and has many years experience running cases in industrial tribunals on behalf of members. As General President Tony had carriage of many major disputes waged against mineworkers under the now discredited ‘Workchoices’ legislation of the Howard Government between 1998 and 2007. These disputes included Hunter Valley No.1, Mt Thorley, Gordonstone and Blair Athol. As a direct result of that experience he led the Union's determined political campaign to oust the Howard Government in 2007."[1]

"In 2004, Tony was elected to the position of CFMEU National President making him the Chair of the National Executive and National Executive Committee (NEC) of the CFMEU. His responsibilities as a National leader of the CFMEU include dealing with:

issues of common concern across all the Divisions of the CFMEU and the industries they represent
the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
the Commonwealth Government."[1]

"Since 2006 Tony has led the Union's work on Climate Change. In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the ACTU Climate Group. He has been appointed to the Commonwealth Government's Carbon Capture and Storage Taskforce and the Prime Minister's Energy Efficiency Advisory Group. In 2010 he was appointed to represent unions on the Federal Government Roundtable on Climate Change. Tony is a member of the International Executive Committee of ICEM, to which the CFMEU is affiliated. He is also a Vice President of ICEM'S Asia Pacific region."[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Who's Who: Tony Maher", Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union website, accessed May 2011.

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