The production industry watchdog has released legal motion against the Queensland head of the plumbers’ union for allegedly coercing a subcontractor to kick out its assignment manager.

Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union Queensland secretary Gary O’Halloran, an organiser and 25 people face fines of up to $42,000 as part of the Australian Building and Construction’s case over an unlawful stoppage at the $590 million Southpoint hotel and luxury condominium development website in 2017.

The ABCC alleges CEPU organiser Andrew Blakely organised the four-hours of commercial action to pressure Planet Plumbing to get rid of its venture supervisor from the Brisbane website and Mr O’Halloran later delivered pressure on the subcontractor to  do so.


It is understood the people had voiced worries about intimidation and bullying on the web page.

According to the ABCC’s assertion of claim, the employees voted at a union assembly on December 1 now not to start work till the challenge manager turned into removed.

Mr Blakely moved the movement that people voted on after which instructed Planet Plumbing’s Queensland supervisor “if [the project manager] is removed from the web site, I will have the men go back to paintings at 10.30am”.

Mr Blakely allegedly moved the movement that people voted on to prevent paintings and then informed Planet Plumbing’s Queensland manager “if [the project manager] is eliminated from the site, I can have the boys go back to paintings at 10.30am”.

When Planet Plumbing called Mr O’Halloran approximately the stoppage, he allegedly told them “the men on site are wanting [the project manager] eliminated completely off the website or terminated from Planet Plumbing altogether”.

Planet Plumbing then asked the project supervisor to depart and the employees lower back to work later that morning.

The ABCC claims that the motion amounted to coercion and illegal unfavorable action. It additionally accused Mr Blakely of breaching proper of access legal guidelines via hindering paintings at the website online by organising the union meeting.

Mr O’Halloran has denied the claims and accused the ABCC of being “a waste of taxpayers’ money” however declined to remark in addition.

The case is the fourth action the ABCC has filed within the past two weeks in opposition to production unions, ahead of the election, with extra to return.

It additionally accused Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union officers in Melbourne of abuse, threats and illegal work stoppages, along with that an legit said a fitness and protection coordinator “provided to suck my c—-okay”.

In NSW, it alleged a CFMEU reliable stopped paintings at a site over disputed payments for moist climate and informed the organisation “you can name the police, the ABCC or maybe God, however I will now not be moving from this website”.

Last week, the ABCC launched its first criminal movement over Australian Council of Trade Unions rallies held ultimate 12 months with the aid of pursuing the Australian Workers Union and fifty three metallic employees for allegedly taking illegal strike movement to wait the protests.

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