CFMMEU Queensland leader fails to maintain right of entry permit

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CFMMEU Queensland leader fails to maintain right of entry permit

Long-standing State Secretary of the CFMMEU in Queensland has lost the legal right to enter construction sites following the abandoning of his case to renew his right of entry permit.

The renewal application was successfully opposed by the building industry watchdog, the ABCC, who argued that he was not a fit and proper person to hold a permit, based upon his previous personal behaviours, as well as the behaviours of the organisation and organisers while he was and still remains in a leadership position with the union. Facing several days of cross-examination, he chose to abandon his application.

The ABCC highlighted several issues, including:

  • During his leadership, the Qld division of the CFMMEU have contravened industrial laws on 175 occasions, in 28 separate proceedings;

  • In 2019, he was fined $5,000 and the union $58,500 for unlawful action on the Legacy Way Port Connect Project in 2017.

The State Secretary is currently a respondent in two matters. The ABCC alleges that he contravened right of entry laws, being the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project and the Southbank New Performing Arts Venue project.

It is understood that the ABCC will seek personal penalties against him in both cases.

He joins several of his CFMMEU interstate colleagues on the `no-permit list’, including NSW, VIC/TAS, SA and WA.

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