18 December 2015 Industry Update

Court Summary - New Cases

FWBC has filed one new matter with the Court since the last edition of Industry Update on November 27

Building industry watchdog takes 23 WA workers to Federal Court (16 December 2015)

FWBC has taken 23 employees of WA Water Corporation to Courts for allegedly taking part in unlawful industrial action on February 20, 2015 – penalties of $10,800 for employees and up to $54,000 for employers or unions apply.

FWBC allege that the workers failed to turn out for work following a pre-work meeting in the presence of CFMEU and AMWU officials.

The Fair Work Act 2009 states that is unlawful to take part in such industrial action while a registered enterprise agreement is still active, with WA Water Corporation’s current agreement not set to expire until September 2017.

The meeting ended with the workers opting to take industrial action via a show-of-hands, resulting in the cancellation of a concrete pour that was planned for the site on that particular day.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said a productive and law-abiding building industry was integral to the Australian economy and a first directions hearing will be held on 28 January 2016. 

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