Statement from Dave Noonan, National Construction Secretary, CFMEU
Our thoughts today are with the families of the three young people killed. Their children made the fateful decision to walk past a Grocon site – a company with no regard for safety, a company that puts profits first.
Grocon has admitted it is guilty of a crime in court today.
But they negotiated a deal to avoid a trial, and will walk away with a small fine that amounts to a slap on the wrist.
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 does not tolerate corruption in its ranks. It is on the public record that the leadership will not stand by anyone who is not acting in the best interests of the members and any official found to be engaging in corrupt activity will be stood down. It takes allegations of any such behavior seriously and has no hesitation to act when credible evidence is produced that officials have acted with impropriety.
Details for the Westgate bridge memorial to be held tomorrow are as follows:
Wednesday 15th October
Memorial Park Monument
Located under the bridge
Hyde Street Spotswood
Claims of sham contracting and 457 visa abuse made in the trade union royal commission must be thoroughly investigated, the CFMEU said today.
A former employee of Lis-Con, one of the companies appearing in the commission, has come forward with disturbing allegations including immigration fraud, tax fraud, bullying and intimidation.
“Here we have a whistleblower shining a light on systematic exploitation of overseas workers and rorting of Australia’s skilled migration scheme,” said CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
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.
The Victorian Police have a very important job to do in tackling organised crime and have the full support of the CFMEU.
In his appearance at the Trade Union Royal Commission today, Assistant Commissioner Fontana was able to provide no evidence or detail to back up broad allegations of criminality among union officials in the construction industry.
The CFMEU’s clear position is that we have zero tolerance for corruption or criminal activity in the union.
The CFMEU has repeatedly appealed to police and government authorities to investigate allegations of crime in the construction industry.
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
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