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.
The Trade Union Royal Commission has kicked off its Brisbane leg with a demonstration of extreme anti-union bias, the CFMEU said today.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said today’s key witness was an anti-union boss motivated by cutting workers’ entitlements to save money.
“Albert Smith has been given star billing at the Royal Commission today. He is a boss who can’t back up his claims against the union and who admitted his agenda was to cut costs on worker entitlements,” said Mr Noonan.
Evidence heard today in the Trade Union Royal Commission in Sydney referred to two companies – the Lis-Con group of companies and the George Alex group of companies. Both companies owed money to workers.
The union pursued the entitlements of workers from both these companies. The CFMEU secured $600,000 in unpaid super from Lis-‐Con and $900,000 in workers entitlements from the Alex group of companies.
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