CFMEU penalised for disrupting Commonwealth Games site

THE militant construction union will be penalised for causing mass disruption to a $126 million Commonwealth Games site.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union held two-hour meetings twice a day for three weeks last May at the Carrara Sports and Recreation Project run by contractor Hansen Yuncken.

 

The Australian Building and Construction Commission alleged the meetings were held to coerce Hansen Yuncken into signing a new enterprise agreement.

A trial was held in the Federal Court in Brisbane last year, which was told as little as two hours' work a day was being done at the site in the three weeks the "meetings" took place.

Justice John Reeves handed down his decision this afternoon, and found the union's actions contravened the Fair Work Act.

He said the actions were unlawful and illegitimate.

Justice Reeves' reasons are expected to be published later today.

A hearing has been set down for May 8 to decide penalties.

News Corp Australia

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