June 2013 Industry Update

Vic CFMEU & officials incur $115k penalty

On 31 May 2013, the Federal Court of Australia ordered the CFMEU and five of its officials to pay penalties totaling $115,000 for an industrial campaign against construction company St Hilliers.

The CFMEU and five officials admitted that they used industrial tactics, such as work bans and unlawful strikes, to try and force St Hilliers to reinstate a former employee.

The former employee had been a CFMEU delegate and workplace health and safety representative, employed by the company in NSW, before being made redundant. St Hilliers re-employed him as a result of the union campaign.

FWBC Acting Director Brian Corney said: “If issues of conflict arise in the workplace, I urge all building industry participants to consult the dispute resolution procedures in their enterprise agreements, rather than engaging in this sort of conduct, which will not be tolerated on Australian construction sites.”

The unlawful campaign took place across various St Hilliers construction sites in Victoria – the Ararat prison redevelopment and extension, construction and refurbishment works at the Watsonia Military Camp, an apartment and social housing project in Carlton, an apartment project in Ashwood and an apartment and housing complex in Canterbury.

Further information

FWBC Media statement: Court orders Vic CFMEU & officials to pay $115k in FWBC case

FWBC Media backgrounder: FWBC alleges strikes and blockades on five major Victorian projects

FWBC website: Industrial action

FWBC website: Coercion

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