06 February 2015CFMEU’s Luke Collier has entry permit suspended for 12 months

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has suspended Luke Collier’s right of entry permit for 12 months, after an application made by FWBC. The CFMEU currently employs Mr Collier as an organiser.

Union officials can apply to the Fair Work Commission for a right of entry permit to enter building and construction sites to hold discussions with workers or investigate possible problems.

FWBC claimed that Mr Collier made false declarations when he applied for a right of entry permit in 2013.

In the application lodged on his behalf by the CFMEU, Mr Collier declared that he had never been convicted of an offence involving entry onto premises, fraud or dishonesty, or intentional use of violence against another person or intentional damage or destruction of property.

In its application to the FWC, FWBC submitted that in 2003 Mr Collier was convicted of recklessly causing injury and criminal damage. He had a Community Based Order imposed upon him by the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court in Victoria.

Mr Collier was found to have failed to comply with the Community Based Order.

In 2007 Mr Collier was convicted of theft and going equipped to steal in the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said holding a right of entry permit was a privilege.

“All this agency asks is that people go about their work within the law, and this includes honesty and full disclosure when making an application for a right of entry permit,” Mr Hadgkiss said. Mr Hadgkiss said Mr Collier would be added to FWBC’s ‘No Permit List’.

“The list is a critical tool for site managers across Australia. The No Permit List is a list of people 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.”

There are currently 20 people named on FWBC’s No Permit List. Of those 17 are from the CFMEU, two from the ETU, and one from the AMWU. Mr Collier will take the list to 21.

The 12 month suspension of Mr Collier’s permit began on 29 January 2015.

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