8 December 2017

“Illegal strike action on Victorian Ports is yet another reason why Parliament must change the law to ensure the "Super Union" arising from the proposed merger of the CFMEU and MUA is properly scrutinized.

Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said, “Reports that the MUA are blockading the International Container Terminal in defiance of court orders, with the support of the CFMEU, demonstrates exactly why the proposed merger should not proceed.”

“$100 million of worth of trade now in jeopardy and the containers being delayed include medical supplies bound for overseas,” she said.

“Worse, the picket is operating in direct contravention of the Supreme Court of Victoria who has ordered that the action should stop,” Denita Wawn said.

It has been reported that CFMEU leaders have addressed the picket and encouraged them to continue breaking the law by stating "You ought to be congratulated for defying these f***ers" and "We will continue to win ... they're f***ing rats."

"If this is how the CFMEU and MUA treat the law now, imagine how they will act if the merger is approved,” Denita Wawn said.

"The action is stopping containers that will no doubt be filled with the things that families need for Christmas - but this doesn't matter to the MUA and CFMEU who will jeopardise it all for one of their members – in complete defiance of the court order,” she said.

“Master Builders continues to urge the Government to pass these much-needed changes to the law as a matter of urgency,” Denita Wawn said.

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