Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Aaron Cartledge & Ors
Court file number: SAD57/2014
Applicant: Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate
Respondent(s): CFMEU and Jim O'Connor.
Date filed: 3 September 2014
Alleged breach: Breach of Order
- On 13 May 2015, respondent Jim O'Connor was found to be in contempt of orders made on 25 March 2014.
- Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Cartledge  FCA 453
- On 14 August 2015 the Federal Court penalised Mr O'Connor $12,000 for contempt. Mr O'Connor was also ordered to pay FWBC's costs which exceeded $100,000.
- Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Cartledge (No 2)  FCA 851
FWBC has launched proceedings against CFMEU organiser Jim O’Connor in the Adelaide Federal Court alleging contempt of earlier orders issued by the Court.
Mr O’Connor is currently subject to orders issued by the Federal Court, on 25 March 2014, that restrain him from entering the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site, unless he is lawfully exercising his rights under the Fair Work Act.
FWBC alleges that, on 13 May 2014, Mr O’Connor attended the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site and exercised his rights under the Fair Work Act to enter and hold discussions with employees on the site.
FWBC further alleges that, during the course of this entry, Mr O’Connor threatened a subcontractor by saying that the CFMEU would “go to war” unless the subcontractor employed a particular labourer. FWBC alleges the labourer was at that time a member of the South Australian branch of the CFMEU’s committee of management.
Under the Fair Work Act it is unlawful for any person to take action intended to coerce an employer to employ a particular worker.
FWBC alleges that Mr O’Connor’s conduct in making unlawful demands was in contempt of the Federal Court Orders issued on 25 March 2014.
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