A senior FWC member has considered whether the tribunal should take into account a union's "poor history of compliance" and its "large number of contraventions" when it determines whether an official is a "fit and proper person" to hold an entry permit.
A self-confessed "smart-arse" organiser, who claimed to be crocodile hunter Steve Irwin after he entered a NSW building site for a safety inspection while under a Queensland permit, might be personally liable for any penalties.
An employer's insistence that a union organiser conduct meetings with members at a remote construction site in a non-airconditioned shipping container that reached temperatures of 50 degrees celsius did not excuse his abusive response, the Federal Court has ruled.
The FWC has ordered CFMEU construction and general division WA branch secretary Mick Buchan to amend his application for a new entry permit after finding he failed to declare four active court proceedings against him.
MUA WA branch official Will Tracey could seek a fresh entry permit, after a full Federal Court made it clear that the Fair Work Commission can exercise its discretion to issue him a conditional permit even though he failed the "fit and proper person" test.
The FWC has issued a new, unconditional entry permit to the CFMEU construction and general division's Queensland leader, rejecting the building watchdog's argument that it should be withheld because of union conduct that has attracted more than $900,000 in fines during his eight years as "ringmaster".