ABCC commences fresh proceedings against CFMMEU for attempting to coerce crane contractor to sign union wage deal.
Court documents allege CFMMEU officials breached safety and right of entry laws when they accessed a live crane.
The ABCC has commenced Federal court action against the CFMMEU and three of its officials alleging they targeted a Newcastle crane company because they didn’t have a union deal
The ABCC has alleged in court documents that three union officials organised and took part in illegal pickets, contravened Right of Entry provisions of the Fair Work Act and engaged in coercive conduct. The allegations span three Newcastle building sites, including two different school campuses.
The allegations against the CFMMEU and officials include:
Blocking access to three different sites, across 3 separate days, by conducting illegal site pickets whilst demanding a crane contractor be removed from the sites;
Conducting illegal site pickets, carried out by workers wearing CFMMEU branded clothing, who also blockaded private access driveways and interrupted traffic, including through use of vehicles to blockade the road; and
Breaching safety and Right of Entry laws, when two of the three union officials entered a construction site without notice or warning, approached and operating crane, and when approached by a site foreman and asked to undergo a site induction and sign a visitors register, stated ‘we don’t have to do sh*t, we’ve told you this before, we don’t sign sh*t. We’ve been inducted, our permit is our induction’’. The officials then refused to move from the crane, even when allegations made by the officials relating to the safety of the crane operation were allayed.