02 June 2016FWBC seeks Federal Court injunctions to end stoppages at Commonwealth Games site

Fair Work Building and Construction has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against the CFMEU and two of its officials to seek injunctions in an effort to put an end to over three weeks of rolling work stoppages at the Carrara Sports and Recreation Project on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Since 9 May 2016, work on the $126 million taxpayer-funded project – a key piece of infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games – has been disrupted by twice-daily, two hour‑long ‘union meetings’ organised by the CFMEU.

Many workers on the project are covered by enterprise agreement clauses permitting them to attend two hour paid meetings for union activities.

However FWBC alleges that these provisions are being misused and that the purpose of those meetings, which come amidst stalled enterprise bargaining negotiations, is to disrupt work on the project in an effort to coerce the head contractor into signing a new enterprise agreement on the CFMEU’s terms.

FWBC is seeking penalties against the CFMEU and two of its officials, Shaun Desmond and Andrew Watson, for engaging in coercive behaviour by organising the meetings.

FWBC is also seeking urgent injunctions to prevent the union from organising further meetings with workers employed on the project more than once a month; from encouraging work stoppages or non-attendance by workers on the project; and from organising or threatening any further action intended to coerce the head contractor into signing an enterprise agreement on the union’s terms.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said that the Court’s intervention was necessary to bring an end to this ongoing and costly dispute.

FWBC’s application for an injunction is listed for hearing in the Federal Court on Friday 3 June at 10.15am.

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