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"Smash someone" threat earns entry permit suspension

The FWC has suspended the entry permit of a CFMEU official who behaved in an "aggressive and threatening manner" when he told a project manager at a construction site he wanted to "smash" someone.

CFMEU considering challenge to rejection of permits

The FWC has decried the "normalisation" of a culture of lawlessness within the CFMEU, in decisions refusing two officials' applications for entry permits after they failed the "fit and proper person" test, but granting entry rights to another organiser who allegedly threatened to start a Boral-style "war" against a major construction company.


"Croc-hunter" escapes penalty net

Two CFMEU officials, including one posing as croc-hunter Steve Irwin during a construction site visit, are no longer personally liable for $47,000 in fines, after a full Federal Court found the FWBC "pursued" them "under an inappropriate statutory regime".

Union loses bid to access Port Hedland tug crew

The FWC has revoked an order granting the AIMPE access to crucial documents that might provide the basis for entry rights for discussions with tug crew members engaged as "partners" serving BHP Billiton's iron ore export operations at Port Hedland.

"Thuggery": $60,000 penalty for "blatant single breach"

The Federal Circuit Court has imposed almost $60,000 in penalties for a "blatant single breach" of the Fair Work Act in which a CFMEU official discarded workers' food from a lunch shed, padlocked the door and said the facility was for union members only.


Turnbull Government minister backs project-length agreements; and more

Resources minister says project agreements worth considering; Workers have "right to know" how transition from fossil fuels will be managed, says Burrow; Public and private sector IT professionals' pay rises "diverging"; and Queensland Parliament rejects LNP bid to reverse entry rules.

Bench overturns ruling on location for union discussions

In a important decision on right of entry, an FWC full bench has permitted the CFMEU to hold discussions in a BHP Coal mine's dragline crib rooms, overruling a previous finding that that the areas were not fit for that purpose.

MUA can enter Ichthys project for discussions: Commission

The FWC has confirmed the MUA's right to represent "waterside workers" employed by the construction contractor for the Darwin Harbour facilities being built as part of INPEX's major Ichthys LNG project.