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Media Release 16.5.16 - CFMEU National Office
John Holland fine for death of worker a slap on the wrist
The $170,000 fine imposed on John Holland by the Federal Court in Brisbane over the death of a worker in 2011 at the Airport Link Tunnel site is a ‘slap on the wrist’ according to the CFMEU. National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan labelled the fine as ‘obscene and tokenistic.’ “Is the community supposed to accept that a life is worth $170,000? “We have a situation where John Holland admitted to failing in their legal obligations to provide a safe system of work and a finding by the Federal Court that they breached Commonwealth health and safety laws. “Despite the finding and an admission of guilt, they did a backroom deal with the regulator Comcare, resulting in a paltry fine – not an effective deterrent for their negligent practices which cost a man’s life.” Construction worker Samuel Beveridge died as a result of severe crush injuries after a section of smoke duct formwork on which he was working, collapsed on him.
“The CFMEU had been pushing the company to act on serious safety breaches throughout the life of the project and we were met with resistance,” Mr Noonan said. “We called for an investigation into their suitability to hold a Comcare licence and it fell on deaf ears.” Since being granted a Comcare licence in 2007 John Holland has had six convictions recorded against them by the Federal Court and eight fatalities on Holland sites around Australia. click here to read full story.
Media Release 12.5.16 CFMEU National Office
CFMEU wins another court battle in defence of members' privacy
The CFMEU have won another court battle against the Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) with a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission ruling that the FWBC could not commandeer the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission in an attempt to access the union’s membership records to see whether workers were members of the union. The Full Bench handed down a decision yesterday, saying that the General Manager, who the FWBC had roped into its scheme to pry into whether workers were union members, had acted improperly and exceeded her powers in complying with the FWBC’s demand.
In January this year, the FWBC sought, through the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission, to inspect the union’s membership register to obtain the personal details of construction workers who they were allegedly ‘investigating’ for possible contraventions of industrial laws. In response, the union launched an appeal with the Fair Work Commission seeking to block the FWBC from accessing the records, which contained private information about union members. click here to read full story
Notices and FWC Orders
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 23 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
The Federal Circuit Court has made the following orders dated 10 June 2015 in relation to the Event Cinemas project within the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre at Broadbeach Queensland:
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FWC has ordered CFMEU to put out the following message. Note that it does not, and cannot apply to protected industrial action. The Fair Work Commission Amended Interim Order requires all industrial action to cease. Members should immediately stop all industrial action and return to work. A copy of the Amended Interim Order is available at the CFMEU Construction and General Division internet site and the CFMEU Construction & General facebook page.