21 April 2015AMWU’s Tony Mavromatis’ right of entry permit application refused

AMWU Manufacturing Assistant State Secretary Tony Mavromatis has had his application for a Right of Entry permit refused.

Mr Mavromatis, who has previously held a Right of Entry permit, applied to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for a new permit in December 2014.

Fair Work Building & Construction made a submission that Mr Mavromatis’ application was inadequate in proving that he is a fit and proper person to hold and permit, and that his application should be refused.

The Fair Work Commission handed down its decision to refuse Mr Mavromatis a permit on 16 April 2015.

In its decision, the Fair Work Commission referred to Mr Mavromatis’ unlawful conduct during the West Gate Bridge dispute in 2009. “Most of the conduct involved in the contraventions was designed to coerce John Holland Pty Ltd to make an enterprise agreement or to employ particular employees on the project. The conduct included authorising unlawful industrial action, and preventing access to the site.” In 2010, the Federal Court fined the AMWU and Mr Mavromatis a total $325,000.

During the case, the Federal Court heard that during the dispute Mr Mavromatis abused a security guard saying “Your whole family will be on this camera c**t…You just made it personal c**t…I’m gunna get the lot of you…You’re f***ing gone c**t…I’ll f***ing get you…You don’t know how f***ed you are.”

“The behaviour of Mr Mavromatis during the John Holland dispute has no place in contemporary workplace relations. It indicated a contempt for the law and for proper standards of conduct,” the Fair Work Commission said in its decision to not grant Mr Mavromatis a right of entry permit.

“Not only did Mr Mavromatis engage in his own appalling behaviour, he played a leading role in encouraging others to engage in similarly appalling conduct.” The Fair Work Commission went on to say that “there was no evidence of contrition on his part” in relation to that conduct.

Mr Mavromatis is on Fair Work Building & Construction’s No Permit List.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said holding a right of entry permit was a privilege. “The No Permit List is a critical tool for site managers across Australia. The No Permit List names union officials who do not have a valid right of entry permit. Some of them have a history of attempting to enter building sites without valid permits,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

If someone on the No Permit List enters your worksite, you should call the police and report the matter to Fair Work Building & Construction on our Hotline 1800 003 338.

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