FWBC takes CFMEU to Federal Court over alleged action at Bald Hills Wind Farm site

FWBC sought an urgent hearing in the Federal Court of Australia to prevent further disruptive conduct by the CFMEU at the $400 million Bald Hills Wind Farm construction site in South East Victoria. Fifty-two wind turbines are being constructed at the site.

FWBC alleges blockades occurred at the site on 18 February and on 20, 21 and 26 March. FWBC investigators were on the ground from one week before the first blockade (11 February). Police were called to provide reinforcement on each day blockades occurred.

Workers have been prevented from entering the site to perform work and truck deliveries of materials to the site were stopped because of the blockade.

FWBC is investigating allegations of coercion and adverse action. FWBC alleges that by blockading the site the union was interfering and preventing work being performed on the site.

In response to FWBC’s interlocutory injunction application made in the Federal Court, the CFMEU agreed to give the court an undertaking that work at the site would not be disrupted. Judge Davies made orders to formalise the undertaking.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said “havoc had been wreaked” at the Bald Hills Wind Farm site in recent weeks.

A directions hearing is scheduled in the Federal Court for 3 July 2014.

Mr Hadgkiss urged building and construction industry participants to phone FWBC’s Hotline on 1800 003 338 for confidential information about their workplace rights.

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