Media Release
20 Sep 2019

Discriminating against subcontractor following CFMMEU threat costs company $575,000

The Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane has today penalised Forest Meiers Construction and its construction manager a total of $35,000 for refusing to engage subcontractor C&K Tiling because the company did not have an enterprise agreement with the CFMMEU.
Media Release
16 Sep 2019

Court exposes ‘contrived’ safety claim: CFMMEU and official penalised $34,500 in Geelong Grammar matter

The Federal Court has handed down penalties totaling $34,500 against the CFMMEU and its former official Brendan Murphy after Mr Murphy was found to have intentionally hindered and obstructed construction work at the Geelong Grammar school in December 2014.
Media Release
22 Jul 2019

ABCC takes action after mass walk-off on Fortitude Valley site

The ABCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court alleging 66 employees of various subcontractors and a labour hire company on a Fortitude Valley site engaged in unlawful industrial action.
Industry update
4 Jul 2019

Industry Update - July 2019 edition

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of Industry Update, our quarterly online newsletter.  Industry Update provides updates on the latest activities of the ABCC, industry trends, and emerging issues.
Media Release
4 Jul 2019

CFMMEU and Luke Collier penalised $13,500 for safety breach on Barangaroo site

The Federal Circuit Court in Sydney has imposed penalties totaling $13,500 against the CFMMEU and its then organiser Luke Collier after he refused to follow OHS procedures while on the $163 million Barangaroo Headland Park site on 5 March 2014.
Media Release
2 Jul 2019

Queensland contractor to pay $200,000 after discriminating against subbie following CFMMEU threat

The Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane has found Forest Meiers Construction liable to pay $200,000 in compensation for taking adverse action and discriminating against a tiling subcontractor because they did not have an enterprise agreement with the CFMMEU.
Media Release
30 Jun 2019

ABCC recovers $1 million in workers’ wages

In a significant milestone, the Australian Building and Construction Commission has exceeded $1 million in recovered wages for almost 1400 workers.
28 Jun 2019

Minimum wage increase – make sure you are paying the right rate

New minimum wage increases apply from the first full pay period after 1 July 2019. Who do the new rates apply to? Employees who get their pay rates from:
Media Release
25 Jun 2019

Federal Court penalty on CFMMEU Victorian official backs up rulings on right of entry laws

A Federal Court penalty judgment has reaffirmed earlier High Court and Full Federal Court rulings that union officials must hold valid federal entry permits when exercising rights of entry under state or territory OHS laws.
Media Release
24 Jun 2019

Federal Court penalises company for terminating subbies’ contract over late union fees

Commercial painting business Prolac P/L and its director Tim Petrusic have been penalised $16,200 for terminating a subcontractor’s contract on the EQ Tower project in Melbourne‘s CBD in 2017.