Declarations of admitted contraventions made by court on 30 November 2015. A penalty hearing took place on 21 October 2016. On 11 May 2017 the Federal Court handed down penalties totalling $55,500.
On 19 July 2016 the Federal Court handed down penalties totalling $48,000 on the respondents. At the same time, the Federal Court handed down its decision to refuse the CFMEU’s interlocutory application to withdraw its admissions in relation to liability under s.793 of the Fair Work Act.
On 19 July 2016 the Federal Court handed down penalties totalling $60,000 on the respondents. At the same time, the Federal Court handed down its decision to refuse the CFMEU’s interlocutory application to withdraw its admissions in relation to liability under s.793 of the Fair Work Act.
Union officials do not have an automatic right to enter workplaces. The Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) provides permit holders with a right to enter sites for particular purposes and requires that they do the following before entering a site:
Delegation of powers and functions
On 20 September 2019, the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner made the following delegation:
The national workplace relations system is governed by the FW Act. The FW Act provides for various types of industrial instruments that cover employees and contain minimum terms and conditions of employment.
The Federal Court has imposed penalties totalling $101,500 against the AMWU, CFMEU and AWU and three of their officials for their involvement in unlawful industrial action at a construction project at the Australian Paper Mill in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
The Full Court of the Federal Court has today confirmed that union officials require a valid federal right of entry permit to enter a site under a State or Territory occupational health and safety law, including where a health and safety representative (HSR) invites the official on to site under an OHS law.
The CFMEU and one of its officers have been ordered to pay $98,000 in penalties after blocking a non-union member from working on a Melbourne construction site and coercing another to pay outstanding union fees before letting him start on the job.
The CFMMEU and seven of its officials have been penalised $522,000 by the Federal Court for month-long strikes and work stoppages at construction sites across six Brisbane sites in 2016.