18 June 2014CFMEU official in court after abusing FWBC investigator

Nine other officials in court for alleged Right of Entry breaches

A CFMEU official who allegedly called a Government employee a “f**king piece of sh*t” is facing court.

The Victorian official, John Perkovic, allegedly abused the FWBC Investigator at the Ibis Hotel project site in Adelaide after he and other union officials illegally entered the site. Perkovic is one of 10 CFMEU officials who allegedly breached Right of Entry laws in a spate of illegal entries to Adelaide construction sites earlier this year. FWBC has subsequently launched four cases against the CFMEU and its officials in the Federal Court.

FWBC alleges Perkovic shouted at the Investigator words to the effect: “You are just about having a heart attack. You’re sh*tting yellow, you piece of sh*t! Go f**k… Brush your teeth next time you piece of sh*t, alright?”. FWBC alleges Perkovic pushed the Investigator with his stomach, causing the Investigator to lose his balance.”

Perkovic was one of several CFMEU officials who flew into Adelaide and caused problems at three Adelaide construction sites. FWBC understands CFMEU officials flew in from the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. It is alleged Right of Entry breaches occurred at the Minda Homes Master Plan Stage 1 in Somerton Park. The development will provide accommodation and services to people with intellectual disabilities. An aged care development in Kensington Road, Leabrook and the Ibis Hotel development were also targeted.

FWBC is alleging officials refused to show their Right of Entry permits and did not give 24 hours’ notice before entering the sites, which is compulsory under Federal laws. Officials also allegedly refused to wear safety glasses when asked. Two officials had to be escorted off the Minda Homes site. When asked to show his permit at the Ibis Hotel site, one official told a site manager “F**k off.” “Grow some balls.”

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said: “The FWBC had to fly in extra Investigators to Australia’s city of churches to support the South Australian team during this spate of activity. FWBC takes attacks on government officials very seriously,” Mr Hadgkiss said. “Nobody should ever be abused, especially in the course of going about their job.”

The maximum penalties available to the court in this case are $10,200 for an individual and $51,000 for a corporation, for each breach. More information here.

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