April 2014 Industry Update

Activity around the country

South Australia has been a hot-bed of activity in recent weeks, with the CFMEU reportedly flying officials into Adelaide.

                                                                                                 

In response, FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss has flown extra investigators into South Australia to help the Adelaide investigation team.

 

“In 10 days alone, FWBC’s Adelaide office opened 17 new investigations into Right of Entry breaches. In all of 2013, there were just two Right of Entry investigations in South Australia,” Nigel said.

 

In Victoria, disruptions continued at the Bald Hills Wind Farm construction site in the state’s south east despite the CFMEU giving an earlier undertaking to the court that it would not block access to the site.

 

FWBC sought an urgent Federal Court hearing because all entrances to the site were allegedly blocked on 15 April, after the CFMEU said access would not be blocked.

 

The court banned the CFMEU from placing or leaving any vehicles or other equipment within 200 metres of any entrance to the construction site.

 

FWBC’s investigation into the matter is continuing.

 

FWBC also sought an urgent hearing in Queensland to stop disruptions to a Brisbane building site. More than 10 days of work stoppages have occurred at the Hindmarsh Brooklyn on Brookes apartment building project in Fortitude Valley.

 

A court order was in place to prevent the CFMEU and three of its officials from disrupting work at the site. When problems continued, the court added 31 workers to the injunction. The workers were formworkers, crane crew, traffic controllers and labour hire workers. More information about the alleged problems at the site is available here.

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