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CFMMEU: Shorten’s good mates

CFMMEU: Shorten’s good mates

If we didn’t already know, Mr Turnbull yesterday more or less declared Bill Shorten a liar—Billy Liar it is? But more important for any fool contemplating a vote for Labor is what Willy’s cheer leaders are doing with union members’ dues. $15 million has been wasted on paying fines for CFMMEU thuggery. We should wonder why there was a royal commission into union activities? We should wonder why the thugs are not in jail? We should wonder why some unions are not shut down? We should wonder if there is anyone leading this country, or even pretending to?

Penalties against the construction union and its officials have hit $15 million after the Federal Court today penalised the union and organiser Bradley Upton for threatening and abusing non-union workers on the Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia.

Source: News Corp

CFMMEU penalties hit $15 million over threats to non-union workers

Federal Court judge Michael Barker found Mr Upton repeatedly lambasted non-union members as “f***ing dog c***s” during a 10-minute address to 60 workers on Deember 3, 2015.

“The f***ing 90 dog c***s that resigned from the union the day after we f***ing signed the EBA after we got the conditions we got now, this is a f***ing union site,’’ he told the meeting. “If you don’t f***ing like it, f*** off somewhere else.”

“We got you these conditions, we know who you are. We’re going to put your names on the back of toilet doors …. this is a f***ing union site, we have other union sites starting up next year and if you’re not in the union, you can f*** off too, you are not welcome.”

In his judgment today, Justice Barker found Mr Upton’s conduct was quite appalling” and his foul language was designed to intimidate employees into accepting that they must be union members if they wanted work.

“It is common, it seems, for some members of unions to believe that any manner of foul language or intimidatory conduct is par for the course at a union meeting,’’ he said.

“There is no particular reason why this should be so. It does not automatically have to follow that a good argument for persons to become and remain members of a union, for all the compelling reasons why unionism has been and is important in Australia, must be accompanied by the sort of appalling conduct that Mr Upton engaged in on this occasion.

“It is precisely that sort of conduct that gives unions and union representatives a bad name”.

Mr Upton was penalised $8100 and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union was penalised $43,200

Workplace Minister Craig Laundy said the union and its officials had racked up $15 million in penalties since 2005, cementing its reputation as the country’s “most lawless union.”

Mr Laundy said Bill Shorten’s refusal to condemn or even distance himself from “made him unfit to be the alternative Prime Minister”.

“Bill Shorten relies on the vile thugs in the CFMEU for his very survival as Labor leader. In return, he’s done a deal with the union to deliver it even more power should he win the next election,’’ he said.

“For someone aspiring to be the country’s chief lawmaker to have this union and its officials as bedfellows would be viewed as wrong by most Australians.

“The swearing and abuse copped by the workers at Gorgon LNG plant will be commonplace at workplaces around the country if Bill Shorten gets the chance to deliver on his promise to give militant unions the right to enter workplaces at any time.”

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner Stephen McBurney said no worker should have to put up with threats and intimidation to join a union if they did not want to.

“The judgment speaks for itself, this type of threatening behaviour needs to be called out in the strongest possible terms and this decision does just that,” Mr McBurney said.

Justice Barker said the contravention by Mr Upton was deliberate but he accepted there was no evidence the union had knowledge of, or endorsed, how Mr Upton conducted himself on the day.

“However, it has to be said that the CFMEU, given its history of involvement in industrial disputation and prior contraventions, has to take responsibility for the conduct of its officials and surely, at one point or another, must begin to take positive steps to educate its officials not to contravene the law and as to proper standards of conduct,’’ he said.

He said neither Mr Upton nor the CFMEU had shown any particular contrition in relation to his behaviour.

“There is no evidence that any corrective action has been taken, either by Mr Upton or the CFMEU. As I say, it really is time where large and influential unions such as the CFMEU, like any other responsible entity in Australia that has been found responsible for contraventions of a regulatory system, acknowledge misconduct and take positive steps to correct it in the public interest. There is no evidence of any such corrective action in this case.”

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Lorraine 15/06/2018, 6:12 am

    a royal commission into union corruption, what a huge waste of money that was, no one doing serious time for all the misdeeds and $15 Million in fines. Malcolm Turnbull has not used Union corruption against Bill Shorten, is he the lily white man that will not talk the Unions down, or as NT papers suggest, he just does not care

    • Muphin 15/06/2018, 8:35 am

      Lorraine .. It was Le TURD who shut down the Dyson Royal Commission into Trade Unions (TURC), his reasoning, too expensive!!

      The real reason:
      1) Le TURD was only obeying orders from his Labor handler.
      2) Le TURD was paid off by the unions.

      Why have NONE of the Dyson recommendations been implemented??

    • Joe Blogs 15/06/2018, 9:44 am

      Not only that, L, but two of the corrupt, lying, cowardly, thieving union criminals are now making laws for the rest of us as senators.

      Orstalians all let us rejoice, for we are weak as pee …

  • Graham Richards 15/06/2018, 6:22 am

    Turnbull won’t do anything against any union. He’s as left leaning & bent as any socialist thug!

    • Joe Blogs 15/06/2018, 9:39 am

      Not to mention the fact that in any case he’s a testosterone-deficient gutless wonder.

  • Pensioner Pete 15/06/2018, 6:25 am

    I lay the blame for the creation of this big union, the CFMEU, squarely at the feet of Bob Hawke, who, upon becoming Prime Minister in the 80’s, set about destroying all the craft unions to form only a few large union groups, thus destroying the independence of the various trades forever. It started with the destruction of the Pilots Union to appease Bob Hawke’s mate, Sir Peter Abeles, then the rot set in.

    • Joe Blogs 15/06/2018, 9:51 am

      Yes – a total corruption of the original purpose of the craft guilds and the goals of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. ACTU-affiliated unions in particular are now purely politically / power-motivated fascist blackshirt gangs running protection rackets.

    • luk1955 15/06/2018, 2:36 pm

      I hear you PP. I felt years ago that it was Hawke who started destroying the unions. Keating just accelerated the course. And the unions are their own worst enemies by getting their snouts into the big business/government arena and sucking up to the elites by ignoring the people who pay their union dues and expect their money NOT to be given to politicians, the biggest crooks of all. I’ve worked on both union and nonunion sites.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 16/06/2018, 2:40 pm

      They were out to get us because we wouldn’t join their “accord” for if we did then the whole country could be held to ransom each and every set of holidays, Easter, Christmas, et al. The more any of us think about it the more we believe that it was a long term strategy to force us into compliance. The TAA pilots hadn’t had a contract review (now EBA’s) for about three years and couldn’t get anywhere. The Ansett and East west blokes were reasonably OK but both TAA and Ansett wanted to be able to cancel flights depending on load factors and the airline policies wouldn’t allow for that. An example, Ansett would publish a schedule say for a B-767 service Sydney — Adelaide but a day or so before the flight the bookings would be down and they would substitute a B-727 for the B-767, but on the actual day the bookings would be down to a B-737 load or even a F-28 load but the 767 and 727, and even sometimes the 737 crews wouldn’t be needed but they still got paid and the airlines didn’t like that for in some cases they wanted to be able to cancel the whole flight altogether. Hawke and his mates decided that they would crush us (and they did) but they didn’t count on the fact that we were hired in the first place for our attributes of skill and decision making when the chips were down so they brought in psychologists from the USA and all over attempting to break our spirit. In the main they didn’t for only a few went back to work (doubled salaries, new cars, stuff like that) but we couldn’t beat the government. Blokes like me never did work as an airline pilot in Australia ever again for we were blackballed and so were our kids when they applied to Ansett, TAA, or Qantas. My bloke is a A-330 captain with VB but he was knocked back by Ansett and Qantas/TAA/Australian. Outfits like BA, AF, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, MAS, Singapore couldn’t believe their luck in getting over 1000 well trained airline pilots to pick and choose from. Someone just has to curb the CMMFEU one way or the other and turnbull could have done but he ran true to form, the bastard. I had to work until age 75 to be back where I was at age 50 in the Australian system, lost a missus, a house, the whole nine yards ’cause I still paid for my four kids to finish Uni.

  • JG 15/06/2018, 9:00 am

    The Union thugs go unchecked knowing full well that Turncoat is a leftie and Shiten needs to follow their orders if he wants to be next PM.
    Once PM Shiten will give this masters everything they ask for regardless of the impact on workers and their jobs, business and the well being of Australia.
    What hope is there with Turncoat and Shiten singing from the Union song sheet.

  • Cliff 15/06/2018, 9:40 am

    Re the TURC: its success can be gauged by the fact that Kimberley Kitching, recommended by it for prosecution for serious crimes, (all a Royal commission can do – recommend), is now a Senator.

    Needless to say, a LABOR Senator.

    What a travesty.

    • Joe Blogs 15/06/2018, 9:53 am

      To socialists, corruption is a virtue.

  • nev 15/06/2018, 10:46 am

    Let’s have a look at this argument from another angle. Imagine Tony Abbott was opposition leader of the then Liberal Coalition and Shorton was Labor Prime Minister.
    Imagine that it was Abbott and the Coalition opposition who were the supporters and beneficiaries of unions and the CFMEU.
    As impossible this proposition may be, it must be considered to flush out the reason unions behave as they do. Because if this was the case the Unions would face their first day as a critical enemy of Labor.
    Now, how does Labor deal with a critical enemy. It goes on attack and everything is fair game. The courageous Chris Corrigan would have been the lolly pop lady in comparison, within weeks an imperilled Labor would have demolished the flood gates and run the sewer dry, every man, woman and the entity itself attacked with utter and relentless fury.
    Within months Work Place Commissions would be a thing of the past, the left wing pantyloon judiciary would be kicked and poked into gear and many of these criminals would be where they belong, doing serious jail time.
    Notice would have been served! The levelling of the playing field begun, Unions now taxable entities, leaders subject to the same onerous laws as Company directors, fully accountable books open for scrutiny at any time, any use of members funds must be approved by membership vote.
    Gee that was easy. So why after all the hard work and leadership of Chris Corrigan (a non-politician) and all of the reasons for urgent action stretching from the Gillard years has not a finger been lifted?

    • Joe Blogs 15/06/2018, 11:58 am

      Labor/union corruption.

      • nev 15/06/2018, 1:33 pm

        The thing that gets me Joe, is this Democratic governments use the rules of democracy as a crutch or an excuse. It might be bending the rules, might even be illegal, they spend more time in endless equivocation any thing but do what has to be done.
        Whereas Labor, what ever it takes, there’s no rules for them and they will face the consequences only if they get hopelessly cornered and then they will do what all rats do.

        Remember Gillard’s no carbon tax. They knew it was election losing double cross, but that didn’t matter. They got their carbon tax and still have it, that’s all that counted.

        In the end they know what we all do. Libs will fight each other rather than get out of the trenches and do there duty.

      • Joe Blogs 15/06/2018, 11:06 pm

        nev
        To socialists, democracy’s just an impediment to be overcome and exploited.

        Where there’s a Bill, there’s a way …

  • nev 15/06/2018, 1:30 pm

    The thing that gets me Joe is this Democratic governments use the rules of democracy as a crutch or an excuse. It might be bending the rules, might even be illegal, they spend more time in endless equivocation any thing but do what has to be done.
    Whereas Labor, what ever it takes, there’s no rules for them and they will face the consequences only if they get hopelessly cornered and then they will do what all rats do.

    Remember Gillard’s no carbon tax. They knew it was election losing double cross, but that didn’t matter. They got their carbon tax and still have it, that’s all that counted.

    In the end they know what we all do. They will fight each other rather than get out of the trenches and do there duty.

    • Joe Blogs 16/06/2018, 10:31 am

      You can say that again, nev.

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