Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Christopher & Or

Applicant: Australian Building & Construction Commissioner

Respondents: Derek Christopher & Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) (Vic)

Date Filed: 29 June 2011

Court Findings:

The Federal Magistrates Court found that the CFMEU contravened section 38 of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII Act) when CFMEU official Derek Christopher directed that workers on the RMIT Building 13 Redevelopment 379-405 Russell Street, Melbourne site to stop work and leave the site in protest at the presence on site of ABCC Inspectors on 18 March 2010.

Court Outcome:

On 3 May 2012, Federal Magistrate Reithmuller imposed a penalty of $20,000 on the CFMEU.   

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