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Media Release 22.7.16
Royal Commission Caught Short Again
A decision handed down in the Federal Court today found that the Royal Commission taskforce conducted themselves “unreasonably” in the raids carried out at the Queensland Branch of the CFMEU. The Federal Police failed to fulfil their legal obligation to allow the CFMEU to make claims of legal professional privilege over any of the digital information seized in the raid. The court rightly identified this inexplicable departure from process as unreasonable conduct by the AFP.
In the judgment, Justice Reeves stated: “I do not consider the AFP provided a reasonable or adequate opportunity to the CFMEU to make whatever LPP claims it wished to over information in the data it had seized” CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the taskforce’s failure to take account of the union’s claims of privilege was further evidence of the extraordinary disregard for the law and proper process demonstrated by the AFP in pursuit of the political agenda of the Royal Commission. click here to read full story
Media Release 21.7.16
More failed cases against CFMEU brought by Royal Commission Police
Two more cases brought against the CFMEU by the Trade Union Royal Commission Police have failed in court in Brisbane this week. On Monday, ex CFMEU official Chad Bragdon was found Not Guilty of intimidating or obstructing a Commonwealth official and on Wednesday ex CFMEU official Mark O’Brien was found to have no case to answer in relation to obstructing a Commonwealth Official.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the decisions in the union’s favour in relation to cases launched by the Trade Union Royal Commission Police demonstrate once again, that the police is being used for political purposes. “Both Mr Bragdon and Mr O’Brien were arrested in September and October 2015, respectively for alleged offences dating back two and a half years. “Their arrests were at the height of the Trade Union Royal Commission when the Liberal Government was attempting to create a climate of hysteria in relation to the union in order to garner support for their ABCC bill.” Mr Noonan said that the Federal Government was wasting police resources simply to further the Government’s political agenda. click here to read full story
Media Release 13.7.16
CFMEU escalates action over asbestos
The CFMEU is escalating their campaign for more action against illegal importation of asbestos after the discovery of the cancer causing substance on a major Brisbane project on the weekend. The union is calling on all state governments to obtain information from Yuanda about products that the company has supplied on state government projects including two children’s hospitals in Perth and Adelaide.
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor is also writing to Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton demanding action from the government. “We want to know what action the government intends to take against Yuanda, given that they have broken the law. “Are they going to let Yuanda get away with putting workers and the community in danger?” “The system has failed workers and the community. We face a situation where asbestos could be present in buildings – including children’s hospitals – without our knowledge,” he said. “We are completely in the dark about who has been exposed and where.” Mr O’Connor said the issue of illegal importation of unsafe and poisonous building products has been raised in Parliament, was the subject of a Senate inquiry and made the front page of a national newspaper in the last twelve months, without an appropriate response from the government. 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.