30 May 2016Blockades at Perth Airport construction site lead to $21,225 in penalties

Penalties totalling $21,225 have been ordered against the CFMEU, the six of its officials including State Secretary Mick Buchan and Assistant State Secretary Joe McDonald following the blockade of the $80 million Perth International Airport Arrivals Expansion project.

The Federal Court found that on 22 October 2013, the officials organised a blockade of the project involving approximately 100 protestors who prevented 160 workers from accessing the site following a dispute with one of the subcontractors engaged on the project.

In handing down the penalties, Justice Siopsis found that the conduct of all six CFMEU officials was deliberate

“There is no evidence that the respondents have demonstrated any contrition or made any attempt at corrective conduct,” Justice Siopsis said.

“It is self-evident that the penalties imposed in the past have not caused the CFMEU or its officials to comply with the Fair Work Act.”

Fair Work Building and Construction Director Nigel Hadgkiss said this case was another example where the CFMEU ignored lawful dispute resolution avenues and chose to take unlawful action.

“It is disappointing that the CFMEU continues to pick and choose when it believes the law should and should not apply on construction sites,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

“Every Australian worker should feel comfortable knowing that they work in a law-abiding environment. Unfortunately this is not the case in respect of the construction industry. This is now the third penalty decision this month where the court has found the CFMEU and its officials acted in deliberate defiance of the Fair Work Act 2009.”

Respondent

Penalty

CFMEU

$12,000

Mick Buchan

$2,250

Joe McDonald

$2,750

Walter (Vinnie) Molina

$2,250

Peter Joshua

$2,000

Campbell McCullough

$1,000

Tawa Harris

$1,250

 

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