Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Paul Cradden & Ors
Court file number: QUD98/2014
Applicant: Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate
Respondent(s): CFMEU and Paul Cradden, Joseph Myles, Mark O’Brien, Mark Davis, and Jack Cummins.
Date filed: 12 March 2014
Alleged breach: Coercion
- On 12 June 2015 the Federal Court ordered the respondents to pay penalties totaling $545,000.
- Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Cradden  FCA 614
FWBC has launched proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against the CFMEU and five of its officers after work on the Brisbane Common Ground Project was disrupted for seven days on 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 21 March 2012. The officers involved are Paul Cradden, Joseph Myles, Mark O’Brien, Mike Davis and Jack Cummins.
The Brisbane Common Ground Project was a Queensland government housing project intended to provide supportive housing for people who have experienced long-term homelessness. It is a 14 level building with 146 apartments.
FWBC is alleging the officers’ actions were intended to coerce head contractor Grocon to sign an enterprise agreement. FWBC is also alleging padlocks on the site’s entrances were super-glued shut and that cars were parked nose to tail in front of the entrance, blocking access.
FWBC alleges a van with a large CFMEU logo was parked directly in front of the gate on one day, and that approximately six men wearing clothing with CFMEU insignia and logos were gathered under the awning of the van around a barbecue.
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