Murray Furlong v Maxim Electrical Services (Aust) Pty Ltd, Walter J Pratt, Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia (CEPU) , David Mier, Mark Grech, Michael Douglas and Maxim Elec

Applicant: ABCC Inspector Murray Furlong

Respondent(s):  Maxim Electrical Services (Aust) Pty Ltd, Walter J Pratt, Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia (CEPU), David Mier, Mark Grech, Michael Douglas and Maxim Electrical Services (Vic) Pty Ltd.

Date filed: 20 December 2004

Court Findings:

The Federal Court of Australia found the CEPU breached s.187AB of the Workplace Relations Act by engaging in industrial action on the 6 August 2003 with intent to coerce Maxim Electrical Services (Vic) Pty Ltd and Walter J Pratt Pty Ltd to pay employees for the period for which they engaged in industrial action on 5 August 2003.

This matter arose out of industrial action that occurred on 5 & 6 August 2003 after a death in the industry in Shepparton.

Court Outcome:

Justice Marshall imposed a penalty of $1,750 on Maxim. A penalty of $1,750 was imposed on the CEPU.

view the reported case at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2005/1518.html