Wage Claims & Unfair Dismissals

Wage Complaints and Unfair Dismissal cases will only be pursued for current financial union members.   

Wage CLaims

Every year, the CFMEU in Queensland recovers approximately $1 million for members in unpaid wages, superannuation and other entitlements.

If you think you might not be getting paid correctly, you should check with your delegate or organiser about your relevant wages and conditions. They will be able to help you in the first instance with attempting to sort out the issue.

If this is unsuccessful then a Wage Complaint form will need to be completed and passed on to an industrial officer who will pursue the complaint in a more formalised manner.  It may sometimes be necessary to pursue your complaint in an Industrial Relations Commission, a tribunal or another court of competent jurisdiction.  Please note that if your complaint needs to be taken to one of these bodies we may need you to appear to give evidence to support your case.

If you think you are not being paid correctly, it is always easiest to tell your delegate or organiser as soon as possible so that they can attempt to sort the issue out on the job with your employer. 

Raising your issue immediately can save time and money, as court proceedings can be lengthy and expensive.

If you require a wage complaint form then please either login to our "members only" area of this website, where you can download and print a form, or call our office on 3231 4600 and we will post one out to you.


Unfair Dismissals  (Requirements)

  • Must be an existing financial member of the union;
  • Must be lodged in Court within 14 days of termination date, therefore needs to be received even earlier in our office;
  • Must have been employed by employer for at least 6 months;
  • Must not be a casual worker;
  • Must not have been terminated for a genuine shortage in work.

Unlawful Dismissals

Include being dismissed for one of the following reasons:

  • Workers Compensation;
  • Absence from work due to illness or injury;
  • Trade union membership or activities;
  • Making a complaint about not being paid correctly, comliance with heath & safety or any other laws;
  • Discrimination e.g. race, sex, age;
  • Refusing to sign an AWA.