The Brisbane leg of the Trade Union Royal Commission began with a display of bluster but spectacularly failed to back up any allegations against the CFMEU, the Union said today.
“The Royal Commission came up to Brisbane full of swagger and hot air,” said CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
“The only explosive thing about these hearings has been the sound of Counsel Assisting’s ‘evidence’ being shot down.
“What we’ve seen is a show trial with no main act.”
Two thousand construction workers rallied in support of their union the CFMEU ahead of Trade Union Royal Commission hearings in Brisbane today.
CFMEU State Secretary Michael Ravbar who is due to give evidence today entered the building via a construction workers’ guard of honour.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan told the crowd the focus of the Royal Commission revealed its real agenda: to provide cover for the Abbott Government to wind back work rights.
The Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT) is a union-initiated redundancy fund that offers all its members access to redundancy funds and emergency funds in times of hardship, the CFMEU said today.
Unions established BERT because there was a need to ensure guaranteed access to redundancy funds in a highly volatile industry where workers often find themselves out of work at short notice, said CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
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