11 February 2015E-Alert: Urgent message for Brisbane building & construction workforce

Building and construction industry workers, employers and unions, are urged to think carefully before getting involved in strike action or they risk breaking the law and being put before the courts.

FWBC understands strike action may be planned for some building and construction sites in Brisbane tomorrow (Thursday 12 February).

FWBC’s Director Nigel Hadgkiss is urging anyone who is considering participating in strike action in any way understand the possible consequences.

Workers

Workers must have permission from their employer before stopping work, otherwise stopping work, or not presenting for work, could constitute unlawful industrial action, which is illegal.
Potential penalty = $10,200.

Employers

Employers must not pay workers for time they are striking if the strike is unlawful. This is known as ‘strike pay’. It is illegal to pay strike pay.
Potential penalty = $51,000.

Unions

Unions and union officials cannot organise unlawful industrial action (an illegal strike).
Potential penalty = $51,000 for the union
Potential penalty = $10,200 for an official.

FWBC Director, Nigel Hadgkiss, said workers, employers and unions must obey workplace laws. “FWBC will not hesitate to bring people before the court where necessary,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

Mr Hadgkiss encouraged employers and employees to call FWBC for information about the rules around industrial action and the consequences of breaking them.

“You can call our Hotline on 1800 003 338 for confidential advice,” he said. Or go to our website www.fwbc.gov.au.

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