18 March 2015CFMEU's Luke Collier allegedly threatens "more dramas in the long run" if his demands not met

The CFMEU’s Luke Collier is facing Federal Circuit Court action after he allegedly told workers to “stop the (concrete) pour or you’re all going to die up here” when there was no safety risk according to WorkCover

Mr Collier used supposed safety concerns as a reason to get on the $45 million residential apartment project in Redfern, New South Wales on four separate days. A report executed by a WorkCover representative determined that the Site Manager “had implemented adequate systems which had demonstrated compliance with safety legislation”.

When repeatedly asked by the Project Manager to come downstairs to talk about it, Mr Collier is alleged to have responded “I’m not going downstairs until it [the pour] is stopped” It is alleged he stood in front of the immediate area of the pour and said “I suggest you stop otherwise there will be more dramas in the long run. I’ll stand in front of the rubber [a large hose that places the concrete] all day”.

On a different day at the same site, FWBC alleges that Mr Collier demanded workers stop work, telling them that “This c**t doesn’t give a f**k about youse!” while pointing at the same Site Manager who had demonstrated compliance with safety legislation.

When requested by the Project Manager to show his WHS Right of Entry permit, it is alleged that Mr Collier flashed what he implied was a WHS Right of Entry permit at the Project Manager for two seconds, from a two metre distance. This ‘permit’ was the size of a driver’s license, and contained only printed words which the Project Manager was unable to read. When asked again, Mr Collier allegedly responded “Don’t need it” and “Nah” and refused to cooperate.

On another occasion, when asked to show his Right of Entry permit, Mr Collier allegedly said “I don’t need permits, I can do what I want!” and refused to show his permit.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said that reports of individuals using questionable safety concerns to get on site are becoming alarmingly frequent. “It is now up to the Court to determine this matter,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

FWBC is alleging Mr Collier, the CFMEU and CFMEU NSW each broke the law 13 times.

The maximum penalties available to the Court in this case are $10,200 for an individual, and $51,000 for a union per breach.

A directions hearing is scheduled for 19 March in the Federal Circuit Court.

More information can be found in the media backgrounder.

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