The ABCC has commenced proceedings against the CFMMEU and two of its officials for allegedly acting in an aggressive and threatening manner and calling a subcontractor a “f…ing, dog, c..t” during a site entry in Brisbane in August 2018.
The ABCC alleges CFMMEU official Blake Hynes acted in an improper manner while exercising right of entry at the Logan Enhancement Project and that another CFMMEU official Beau Seiffert, aided and abetted the conduct.
In a statement of claim filed in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane, the ABCC alleges that on 23 August 2018:
- While exercising right of entry at the Logan Enhancement Project, Mr Hynes and Mr Seiffert were walking towards the general manager as he was heading to the parking area.
- Mr Hynes while acting in an aggressive and threatening manner then yelled words to the effect “you f…ing, dog, c..t”.
The ABCC alleges the conduct in this case contravenes right of entry provisions in the Fair Work Act. The maximum penalty for a breach of the Fair Work Act in this case is $63,000 for bodies corporate and $12,600 for individuals.