30/05/2016 - 21:24

McDonald, CFMEU in more fines

30/05/2016 - 21:24

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Joe McDonald was among six Construction, Forrestry, Mining and Energy Union officials hit with a fine for illegally blockading a construction site in 2013, preventing 160 employees from attending work at the project.

The development at the Perth Airport when it was under way.

Joe McDonald was among six Construction, Forrestry, Mining and Energy Union officials hit with a fine for illegally blockading a construction site in 2013, preventing 160 employees from attending work at the project.

The CFMEU and officials were fined $21,225 for the blockade of the $80 million Perth Airport international arrivals expansion project.

Fair Work Building and Construction Director Nigel Hadgkiss said this case was another example where the CFMEU ignored lawful dispute resolution avenues and chose to take unlawful action.

“It is disappointing that the CFMEU continues to pick and choose when it believes the law should and should not apply on construction sites,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

“Every Australian worker should feel comfortable knowing that they work in a law-abiding environment.

"Unfortunately this is not the case in respect of the construction industry.

“This is now the third penalty decision this month where the court has found the CFMEU and its officials acted in deliberate defiance of the Fair Work Act 2009.”

Business News reported in 2013 that in an 8 year period, Mr McDonald and the CFMEU were fined more than $1 million for actions he had been involved in.

That included nearly $195,000 for an unlawful industrial action at Citic Pacific’s Sino Iron project.

Last year, Mr McDonald and 49 construction workers faced fines for issues at the Lakeside Joondalup development

It comes just two months after the FWBC said five CFMEU officals would face court charges following allegations they refused to respect the wishes of Perth workers who did not want to speak with them.

Unlawful construction industry activity has been a hot topic in the current federal election, too, where legislation to create the Australian Building & Construction Commission watchdog was used as a double dissolution trigger.

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