Media Release
28 Jul 2021

AWU ordered to pay $90,000 in compensation and $87,000 in penalties following unlawful strike

The Federal Court today ordered the AWU to pay $90,000 in compensation to a Melbourne steel manufacturer and ordered penalties of $87,000 against the AWU and its organiser Craig Kelly after Mr Kelly organised a two-day strike at steel manufacturer One Steel Reinforcing’s Noble Park plant in 2018 and requested the workers be paid while striking.
Media Release
20 Jul 2021

ABCC alleges CFMMEU officer verbally abused site manager and ignored OHS requirements

The ABCC has commenced legal action in the Federal Court against the CFMMEU and two of its officers alleging right of entry contraventions at the Central Energy Plant Towers Upgrade in South Brisbane.
Industry update
15 Jul 2021

Industry Update - July 2021 Edition

In this edition of Industry Update we recognise NAIDOC Week and feature how Indigenous Australian businesses can tender for Commonwealth funded work, our recent wages audit of apartment building projects, the 2.5% increase to the minimum wage, a report evaluating our impact on security of payment regulation, litigation news and more.
13 Jul 2021

Security of Payment Research Report – Our Impact

The ABCC plays a key role in monitoring compliance with security of payment (SoP) obligations under the Code, and educating Code covered entities on SoP requirements.
Media Release
28 Jun 2021

CFMMEU penalised over safety claims including first aid bed was “too high” on Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

A CFMMEU shop steward who directed workers to stop work at the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project in 2019 after claiming a first aid bed was too high has been penalised $5,000 and the union $85,000 for taking unlawful industrial action following a Federal Court decision today.
17 Jun 2021

FWC announces minimum wage increase

Minimum wages in construction industry modern awards will increase by 2.5 per cent from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2021. These awards include:
Industry update
10 Jun 2021

Industry Update - June 2021 Edition

In this edition of Industry Update we look at two recent examples of Code covered entities that have failed to comply with the Code, litigation news and more.
Media Release
9 Jun 2021

CFMMEU and former officials hit with $382,800 penalties for targeting crane company in Wollongong

The Federal Court today penalised the CFMMEU and two former officials $382,800 following unlawful conduct against mobile crane company WGC Cranes to pressure it to sign a CFMMEU enterprise agreement.
4 Jun 2021

ACT CFMMEU branch secretary Jason O’Mara loses right of entry permit for three months

On 2 June 2021 the Fair Work Commission suspended for three months the federal entry permit of Jason Lawrence O’Mara, assistant secretary of the ACT branch of the CFMMEU.
Media Release
27 May 2021

ABCC alleges CFMMEU officials defied safety requests on NSW school project

The ABCC has commenced Federal Circuit Court proceedings against the CFMMEU and two of its officials alleging they contravened right of entry provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 at the Armidale Secondary School construction project in New South Wales. The ABCC alleges: