On 12 April 2019, the Full Federal Court upheld the ABCC's appeal to increase penalties awarded against the CFMMEU over 16 strikes and work stoppages at nine Brisbane construction site in August and September 2016. Total penalties against the union and seven of its officials were increased from $522,000 to $668,000.
The Federal Court imposed penalties totalling $137,590 against the CFMMEU and its three officials for unlawfully entering an Adelaide worksite on four occasions between April and July 2014.
The respondents admitted that in 2013 CFMMEU official Joseph Myles organised a blockade involving nine vehicles and around 20 individuals and prevented trucks carrying wet concrete from entering the Victorian Government’s Regional Rail site. This resulted in tonnes of concrete going to waste.
On 1 July 2019, the requirements for right-of-entry permits changed. The Fair Work Amendment (Modernising Right of Entry) Regulations 2019 now require a photo and signature on new permits. There are transitional arrangements for existing permit holders.
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The Federal Court has today imposed penalties totaling $137,590 against the CFMMEU and three of its officials for unlawfully entering an Adelaide worksite on four occasions between April and July 2014.
The Court imposed the following penalties: