In April, the ABCC successfully obtained urgent injunctive relief in Queensland, in relation to the $900 million Bruce Highway Upgrade Joint Venture Project.
The injunction ensures CFMMEU officials who seek to enter the site located at Caloundra, comply with the federal right of entry rules and show their federal right of entry permits when requested to do so.
The ABCC commenced the Federal Court proceeding against the CFMMEU and seven officials about a series of entries to the project site on 8 March 2018 and seven consecutive business days in April.
On 20 April 2018, the Federal Court granted an interlocutory injunction that requires the relevant CFMMEU officials who seek to enter the Caloundra site under section 81 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) to produce their federal entry permit when requested to do so.
The Court recorded in its decision that Queensland Police attended the site on a number of occasions arresting the CFMMEU officials for trespassing.
In granting the interlocutory injunction, Justice Collier noted that the requirement of the relevant union officials to produce their entry permits on request was scarcely a hardship to either them or the CFMMEU.
The injunction will remain in place until the case is heard and determined by the Court. A hearing to determine liability will be heard later this year.