July 2014 Industry Update

Is the Federal entry permit original and printed?

When a union official shows a Federal permit at a site entrance, it should not be reduced in size or presented in digital form on a smartphone or other device. FWBC has recently seen repeated instances of right of entry Federal permits not being presented in their original form, which is important as there may be conditions imposed on the rear side of an original Federal permit.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss has previously urged site managers to demand to see, and carefully inspect, original right of entry permits before allowing union officials on their sites. Without a Federal permit in its original form, site managers may refuse entry to the permit holder.

“Reports of permit holders shrinking their official A4 sized permit to the size of a business card, making it difficult to read, are particularly concerning,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

“A police officer would not accept a photocopy of a driving license or one in a different format. Site management should be equally demanding.”

“Know your rights. It is within your rights to request to see and inspect the original permit.”

“If a person enters your site without permission or without a valid permit which they show to you, you are entitled to call the police,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

In addition to showing a valid and original Federal permit, a permit holder must usually provide advance notice of entry and comply with the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 while on a site.

The best way to fight right of entry problems is to know your rights. FWBC can help you understand them. You can call our Hotline on 1800 003 338 for confidential advice or you can find more information on our website.

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