Murray Furlong v Australian Workers Union, Terry Lee, Douglas Brown, Peter Lambe and Greg Watkins

Applicant: ABCC Inspector Murray Furlong

Respondent(s):  Australian Workers Union (AWU), Terry Lee, Douglas Brown, Peter Lambe and Greg Watkins.

Date filed: 20 October 2006

Court Findings:

The Federal Magistrates Court found the AWU and each of four AWU officials contravened s38 of the BCII Act by convening a mass meeting at the Roche Mining Murray Basin Development Project in Western Victoria on 28 March 2006 after which the workers took strike action.

Court Outcome:

Federal Magistrate Burchardt imposed penalties of $40,000 ($20,000 suspended) on the AWU and $4000 each on four AWU officials. The judgement also required the union to abide by the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII Act) and the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (WR Act) for six months. If the AWU contravened either Act in this period, the suspended part of the penalty could be imposed by a Court.

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