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Legal action has been taken against the CFMMEU, claiming the militant union delayed work on Melbourne’s Metro Rail Tunnel project because a first aid bed was “too high”.
The Australian Building and Construction Commission has filed legal proceedings in the Federal Court, accusing a group of workers on the $11 billion project of “unlawful industrial action”.
A statement of claim alleges the workers delayed starting work for about three hours at the project’s City Square site in Flinders Lane on July 11 last year.
It accuses CFMMEU shop steward Steven Parker of directing a group of
workers at a 6.30am pre-start meeting not to commence work due to “inadequate first aid
“Parker said that the bed in the first aid room was too high, asserting (wrongly) that the bed was not compliant with Australian Standards,’’ the claim said.
It is alleged a WorkSafe inspection of the site later that morning “determined the first aid bed did not expose any person to an immediate risk to their health or safety.
“And there was not reasonable cause for employees to be concerned for their health
The statement of claim also alleges Mr Parker repeated his direction not to start work to another group of workers at a 7am pre start meeting.
A group of 11 workers remained in the site’s crib sheds for several
hours, not returning to work until 10.45am.
The ABCC alleges Mr Parker and the CFMMEU organised unlawful industrial action in
contravention of section 46 of the Building and Construction (Improving Productivity) Act.
The 11 employees who took part in the industrial action are also respondents in the matter.
The CFMMEU – named as second respondent to the claim – has been approached for comment.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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