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The Federal Fair Work Building & Construction Unit: Recent Progress

Since Nigel Hadgkiss began as FWBC Director on 21 October 2013, Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has made the following progress:

The FWBC has made four submissions to the Fair Work Commission in relation to permit applications of four union officials.  (Three CFMEU and one AMWU).

Proceedings launched:

  • 31 October 2013: DFWBII v Foxville Projects Group Pty Ltd, George Lu & Yun Yan. FWBC alleges numerous contraventions by Foxville including coercion. Foxville was a subcontractor in the NSW construction industry which engaged workers on various sites.
  • 17 December 2013: DFWBII v CFMEU and Others. FWBC alleges the CFMEU and its official Adam Olsen attempted to coerce a Darwin-based building firm to pay union fees on behalf of its employees. FWBC alleges Olsen threatened to continue disruptive action if the building firm – Reday Pty Ltd – did not comply.
  • 29 January 2014: DFWBII v CFMEU and Others. FWBC alleges the CFMEU and six of its officials – including Joseph McDonald – took coercive and adverse action on the John Holland Perth Children’s Hospital site.
  • 5 February 2014: DFWBII v Mr Scott Adams and Others. FWBC alleges that 76 employees of a sub-contractor on the $1.2 billion New Children’s Hospital project in Perth ignored an order by the Fair Work Commission not to take industrial action. The 76 employees took action through leaving work, not coming to work or refusing to do work while on the site.

Cases finalised in court:

  • 20 December, 2013: The CFMEU, its official Joseph McDonald and the CFMEUW, were penalised a total $193,600 for their role in unlawful industrial action at Citic Pacific’s Sino Iron Ore Pilbara site;
  • 24 February 2014: The CFMEU and Joseph McDonald were penalised a total $35,640 for three counts each of coercion on a Perth building site;
  • 28 February, 2014: The CFMEU and three union officials were penalised a total $38,500 for hindering, obstructing and acting in an improper manner on a Brisbane construction site. One of the respondents was Joseph Myles, who was arrested by Victoria Police arrested twice in one week in February on a Melbourne building site.
FWBC media releases are available here.

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