Court extends injunction to 31 workers

The court has added 31 workers to an injunction which already prevents the CFMEU and three of its officers from disrupting work at a Brisbane building site.

Fair Work Building & Construction sought an urgent hearing in the Federal Circuit Court late on Friday afternoon after work continued to be disrupted at the Brooklyn on Brookes apartment building project in Fortitude Valley.

The workers named in the orders are employed by subcontractors Heinrich Construction, Building Industry Supplies and Global HR. They are formworkers, crane crew, traffic controllers and labour hire workers.

FWBC alleges that the workers named in the orders are involved in a picket outside the site which is preventing or discouraging workers from attending the site for work.

Throughout the dispute more than 10 police officers have been in attendance to control the picket.

FWBC alleges that certain members on the picket line said words to the effect: “Who is going to protect you when you leave the site after you finish work” to workers trying to access the site.

FWBC alleges that CFMEU site delegate Zoran Bogdamovic was in a picket line in front of the site on Friday 11 April, 2014. It is believed work stoppages have occurred at the site because head contractor Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Ltd refuse to have the CFMEU’s Zoran Bogdamovic on site as a full-time delegate. Work stoppages have now occurred for more than 10 days and it is alleged workers picketing outside the site have chanted “CFMEU”, “Zoran’s here to stay” and “Hindmarsh, stick it up your arse”.

More information about the alleged problems at the site is available here.

The matter will return before Judge Burnett of the Federal Circuit Court on Monday, 14 April 2014 at 3:30pm for hearing.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss urged building and construction industry participants to phone FWBC’s Hotline on 1800 003 338 for confidential information about their workplace rights.

PDF icon Media Release - Court extends injunction to 31 workers.pdf