Linda Helal v Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd & Ors
Court file number: VID469/2010
Applicant: ABCC Inspector Linda Helal
Respondent(s): CFMEU & Robert Mates
Date filed: 16 June 2010
Alleged breach: Coercion
- On 21 June 2012, Bromberg J ordered that a penalty of $30,000 be imposed on the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
- Helal v Brookfield Multiplex Limited  FCA 653
Brookfield Multiplex was the head contractor on the Southbank One apartment project in Southbank, Victoria.
Brookfield Multiplex engaged Permark Group Pty Ltd to undertake fit-out work.
On 16 July 2009 CFMEU shop steward Robert Mates allegedly told Permark’s female general manager that Permark must employ eight people who worked for Sky High Carpentry Pty Ltd or he would disrupt or prevent Permark’s work on the site. Mr Mates was employed by Multiplex.
On 1 August 2009 Mr Mates allegedly demanded that Permark re-employ two employees who had been terminated or he would disrupt or prevent Permark’s work on the site.
On 18 or 19 August 2009, Mr Mates allegedly threatened the same action if Permark did not credit entitlements that the eight employees had accrued during their employment with Sky High Carpentry on the Southbank One project.
On 20 August 2009, Mr Mates allegedly convened an unauthorised stop-work meeting of the Permark employees and then demanded that Permark pay the employees for the time they were off work.
The ABCC alleges Mr Mates, the CFMEU and Multiplex contravened the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 and the Fair Work Act 2009 at the site.