The Courier-Mail

Dodgy behaviour loads up industrial watchdog

- MATTHEW KILLORAN

DODGY strike action by unions continues to plague Queensland as the constructi­on industry watchdog is left to deal with dozens of investigat­ions and court battles.

Fair Work Building and Constructi­on commission figures reveal its investigat­ors are looking into 35 cases in Queensland, the vast majority relating to unions or union officials.

It already has eight cases before the Federal Court, including six related to allegedly unlawful industrial action, one in relation to discrimina­tion and one regarding rightof-entry issues.

Seven of the eight legal battles relate to the CFMEU.

The constructi­on union will also be the focus of the trade union royal commission when it returns to Brisbane next month.

The new figures follow FWBC director Nigel Hadgkiss earlier this month revealing the watchdog has a record 52 cases before the courts nationally.

In June this year, the Federal Court fined the CFMEU, four of its officials and one delegate a combined $545,000 MARCH 2014 FWBC boss declares Queensland is the worst jurisdicti­on in the country for unlawful industrial conduct. SEPTEMBER 2014 Police called to investigat­e allegation­s FWBC officials were coming under “thuggish” attacks, with FWBC boss Nigel Hadgkiss alleging at the time a car was driven by a union official towards a vehicle carrying FWBC investigat­ors, before braking at the last minute. MAY 2015 The FWBC reveals it is conducting court action alleging a union organiser was disrupting work on a Kelvin Grove constructi­on site in April 2014. JUNE 2015 The Federal Court fined the CFMEU, four of its officials and one delegate a combined $545,000 for unlawful, intimidati­ng and coercive conduct during protected strike action at a South Brisbane constructi­on site in March 2012. JULY 2015 FWBC launches Federal Court action against CFMEU alleging it took part in almost 100 days of unauthoris­ed industrial action between March and December 2013 at the $770 million Enoggera Army Barracks redevelopm­ent and a $60 million project at QUT Kelvin Grove. for unlawful, intimidati­ng and coercive conduct for strike action dating back to March 2012 after action brought by the FWBC.

CFMEU boss Michael Ravbar could not be reached for comment yesterday but has previously called for an examinatio­n of the FWBC’s accountabi­lity, accusing it of running frivolous disputes at taxpayer expense.

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