25 July 2014FWBC alleges unlawful industrial action at new Royal Adelaide Hospital site

FWBC has launched proceedings against 23 workers for allegedly taking unlawful industrial action on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

The $1.8 billion project will provide 800 beds and 40 operating theatres.

FWBC alleges on 25 June, 2013, 12 Hansen Yuncken employees and 11 Leighton Contractors employees took action through leaving work, not coming to work and or refusing to do work while on site.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said investigating unlawful industrial action on Australian construction sites was one of the agency’s regulatory priorities.

“FWBC will investigate these allegations and others like them,” Mr Hadgkiss said. “We will bring matters of unlawful industrial action before the court wherever necessary.”

“Every day, every hour lost to unlawful industrial action is lost productivity that our nation can't afford to lose.”

FWBC alleges that employees were in breach of the Fair Work Act 2009 by engaging in industrial action before the enterprise bargaining agreement expired.

The maximum penalties available to the court in this case are $10,200 per individual.

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