Industry update
25 Mar 2019

Industry Update February - March 2019

Welcome to the February - March 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
25 Mar 2019

ABCC alleges apprentice and electrician told to “get off” Frankston construction project because they were not CFMMEU members

The ABCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against the CFMMEU and its shop steward, Kevin Pattinson, for allegedly preventing an electrician and apprentice from working on a Melbourne site because they were not members of a union.
E-Alert
12 Mar 2019

Upcoming labour market testing audits

The ABCC will soon be conducting a labour market testing audit campaign for employers covered by the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Code). 
Media Release
8 Mar 2019

Court orders near maximum penalties after finding worker told CFMMEU he would be “working for nothing” if made to join union on Toowoomba site

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed total penalties of $55,080 against the CFMMEU and its site delegate after he pressured a landscaper to join the union despite only being contracted to work on a Toowoomba building site for a couple of days.
Media Release
4 Mar 2019

ABCC launches legal action against CFMMEU alleging coercion, adverse action and unlawful industrial action on QLD building site

The ABCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court alleging the CFMMEU and two of its officials, including assistant Queensland state secretary Jade Ingham, engaged in coercion, adverse action and organised unlawful industrial action. 
Media Release
26 Feb 2019

ABCC launches legal action against AMWU and two of its organisers for alleged threat on Melbourne site

The ABCC has launched proceedings against the AMWU and two of its organisers after they allegedly threatened to shut down a Melbourne site unless the employer hired several workers.
Media Release
25 Feb 2019

Court imposes penalties on the CFMMEU and Hutchinson Builders for a ‘deliberate’ CFMMEU attempt to ‘thwart’ government officers

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed total penalties of $35,700 against the CFMMEU and its representative Mark O’Brien and former official Michael Myles, after workers at a South Brisbane apartment site downed their tools in response to a visit by Queensland Government officers.
Media Release
18 Feb 2019

ABCC takes Victorian builder to court for allegedly terminating worker who asked about his pay

The ABCC has commenced proceedings against a Victorian building company, SWAT Building Systems, and its director, Ilias Lymberatos. The ABCC alleges that a worker was underpaid more than $22,500 and had his employment terminated by his employer when he requested his back pay.
Media Release
4 Feb 2019

ABCC launches case against CFMMEU in NT over threats and intimidation at Palmerston Police Station site

The ABCC has commenced proceedings against the CFMMEU and six of its Queensland-based officials alleging they intimidated NT Worksafe Inspectors and demanded that the head contractor shut down construction at the Palmerston Police Station site.
Media Release
17 Jan 2019

ABCC reaches major milestone

The Australian Building and Construction Commission has reached a major milestone assessing 5000 enterprise agreements for compliance with the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 since its establishment in December 2016.

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