Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union and Anor
Court file number: VID77/2013
Applicant: Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate
Respondent(s): Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union and Tony Mavromatis
Date filed: 8 February 2013
Alleged breach: Coercion
- The parties have agreed to settle this matter on the basis that the AMWU pay compensation of $62,000 to Tedra with no admission of wrongdoing by the AMWU. The matter has been discontinued by FWBC.
CCW engaged Tedra Australia Pty Ltd (Tedra) as the head contractor for the construction of a water treatment plant at Werribee (the Site).
There were 61 workers engaged by either Tedra or a sub-contractor at the Site. The construction contract for the Water Treatment Plant is worth approximately $40 million.
Tedra contracted with Briagolong Engineering Pty Ltd (Briagolong) to construct two welded steel tanks, the value of the contract being $4.8 million. Briagolong engaged four workers who worked under subclass 457 visas.
On 4 February 2013, a picket line at the entrance to the Site commenced, blocking workers and vehicles from entering the Site.
The picket was disbanded on 15 February 2013.
On 14 February 2013, Marshall J granted an interlocutory injunction sought by the FWBC to restrain the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and organiser Tony Mavromatis (Mr Mavromatis) from preventing or hindering access to the Site.
It was alleged that there was a breach of Section 355 of the Fair Work Act 2009 from 4 February 2013 to 6 February 2013 by coercing a person to not employ or not engage particular persons.