72 CFMEU officials before the courts

In evidence given to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee late last night, FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss revealed there are currently 72 CFMEU officials before the courts.

Mr Hadgkiss told the committee this includes the National Secretary (Dave Noonan), five State Secretaries and seven Assistant Secretaries.

Fourteen of the 72 men are facing the courts because FWBC is trying to have their permits suspended or revoked, or have their application for a permit refused.

The remaining 58 men are facing a total 403 alleged workplace law breaches.

“My agency does not pick and choose who it puts before the courts. Where there are allegations of law-breaking within our jurisdiction, we investigate. If there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest, then we take the matter to court. We do this without fear or favour. I regret to say that the vast majority of complaints we receive relate to the CFMEU,” Mr Hadgkiss said this morning.

For more information please contact Sarah Mennie on 0400 526 410 or at Sarah.Mennie [at] fwbc.gov.au

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