The CFMEU has called on the Royal Commission to reject biased and unsubstantiated submissions of the Counsel Assisting and make findings based on facts.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan described the submissions and their recommendations as a complete whitewash, fuelled by anti-union prejudice.
“This Commission was set up, funded, and had its terms dictated by the Abbott Liberal Government,” Mr Noonan said. “Nobody should be surprised that these submissions line up with a predetermined outcome and deliver exactly what was expected of them.
The fiance of construction worker Tom Takurua has condemned the fine handed down by the court to Thiess for her husband’s death as ‘insulting’.
Krystle Ross said the verdict handed down yesterday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court – a fine of $120,000 after the company pleaded guilty to causing her husband’s death, was indicative of a failure in the legal system.
“Thiess have been to court 13 times to try and save their corporate name, appealing time & again in order to have the charges rewritten to lessen the severity of them” she said.
Statement from CFMEU re: announcement of joint taskforce to investigate criminal activity in the construction industry and unions
The CFMEU has no tolerance for corruption and has consistently said it will cooperate with any police investigation into criminal activity in the construction industry.
In January 2014, the CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan wrote to Victorian Police Commissioner, Ken Lay and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, expressing the union’s willingness to assist the police in their work.
The CFMEU today called on the Abbott Government to properly fund law enforcement agencies – at both the state and federal level - so that that police are properly funded to fight crime.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan made the call following claims made yesterday at the Royal Commission into Trade Unions from Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Stephen Fontana.
“The police have an important job to do and are supported in this by the community and by the CFMEU,” he said.
Letters to the Royal Commission
The CFMEU’s legal team has provided letters to the Royal Commission outlining serious concerns about procedure and the investigation of evidence presented to the Commission. The letters are attached in three documents below.
Letters dated 15 September and 22 July 2014
Building Industry 2000 has provided over $200 000 to charitable, community and sporting organisations as well as building workers and their families in need.
The fund has never donated to the ALP, or provided funding towards elections in other trade unions.
The following document outlines charitable donations made by Building Industry 2000. This document is being provided to the royal commission.
The Trade Union Royal Commission today heard evidence of conflict between Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) inspectors and construction workers and union officials on building sites.
Swearing on building sites is nothing new and doesn’t warrant a $53 million Royal Commission. The greater scandal is that industry regulators have been asleep at the wheel.
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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