3 November2019

The latest case of the CFMMEU bullying a small business shows why the Parliament must pass the Ensuring Integrity laws.

The Federal Circuit Court found that the CFMMEU and one of its officials in Queensland abused an employee of a sub-contractor calling him “you f…ing, dog, c..t” while flouting right of entry laws in order to subject the small business employee to and “offensive” and “unprovoked” tirade of abuse.

 The court found the CFMMEU official’s actions were “unprovoked and aggressive”, a “gross abuse of the entitlements” given by his right of entry permit and that the union’s conduct was yet another example of its “unending recidivism”.

“It’s bullying pure and simple. It’s not tolerated in the community and it shouldn’t be tolerated on construction sites,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said.

“This is far from an isolated case, it’s just the latest evidence that the CFMMEU deliberately targets small business people and their employees with bullying, aggression and intimidation. The Parliament must act to protect small business people in our industry and pass the Ensuring Integrity laws,” she said.

““I urge Senators, when they come to vote on the Ensuring Integrity Bill, to consider how they would feel if it was them or their staff on the receiving end of such abuse from a CFMMEU bully,” Denita Wawn said.

“The Ensuring Integrity laws are not an attack on unions or their ability to defend the rights of their members on building sites or anywhere else. Only those unions and officials that insist on continuing to break the law will be affected,” Denita Wawn said.

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