FWBC lodges coercion case against CFMEU


Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has lodged a matter with the Federal Court of Australia in Perth against the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union of Workers (CFMEUW) and officials: Joe McDonald, Mick Buchan, Steve McCann, Brad Upton, Patrick Heathcote and Tawa Harris. FWBC alleges that respondents took coercive and adverse action on the John Holland Pty Ltd (John Holland) Perth Children’s Hospital site in January 2013.

Director Nigel Hadgkiss said: “We are taking claims of coercion and adverse action very seriously and resolve to take action through the courts wherever necessary.”

FWBC alleges that CFMEU and CFMEUW officials variously breached s 340, s 343 or s 348 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) when they attended the site, blocking the entrance in a way calculated to deter workers from attending for work on 25 January 2013 and 30 January 2013. The unions’ intention was to coerce workers to take industrial action and not to exercise their workplace rights to go to work.

FWBC also alleges that officials breached the FW Act, by taking action to coerce John Holland to agree to a request for an immediate meeting.

“Coercive and adverse action against workers, who just want to do honest work for honest pay, is unacceptable.” Mr Hadgkiss said.

More details are available in the backgrounder here.

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