Watch the tense moment angry union workers smash into a building manager after trying to investigate suspected abuses at a construction site
- CFMEU inspects the Melbourne job site
- The alleged site was not secure
- The builders allegedly threatened to call the police
Builders at an allegedly unsafe work site were filmed in a gruesome clash with union officers who had come to inspect the construction.
Inspectors from the Building, Forestry, Marine, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) visited a site in Melbourne last week but were immediately met with hostility from the site manager.
Union representatives claimed that the site had no shade or water for the workers, that the areas in which they dug were unsafe, and the office on the site was a small tin shed offering no respite from the heat and the water baffles were empty.
In a video filmed by the CFMEU, union workers are seen confronting the building site manager, who initially denied he was the supervisor.
The webmaster then threatened to call the police on union representatives, who gladly welcomed the idea.
Inspectors from the Building, Forestry, Marine, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) visited a construction site in Melbourne last week.
Tensions rose further when other builders on the site joined in the argument and repeatedly told the union workers to leave.
“I only tried once to remove my phone by force,” a union rep was heard saying while she was filming the construction site.
“Don’t you understand that you have to provide adequate amenities for your workers at all times?” I asked, as the site manager asked his colleagues not to answer.
After that, the builders repeatedly told the union and its colleague to “stay off our property.”
Union workers claimed the site was unsafe but the construction workers were met with hostility
You get in the way and get in the way. I’m waiting for WorkSafe to get here. Technically, we have to wait at the site office.
‘Get out!’ the worker yelled, only for the union rep to tell him, “Don’t talk to me like that.”
When the CFMEU workers went to wait outside the construction site, the tradesmen put padlock around their fence.
“It appears we have no reason to worry about anything going on on this site and they have closed it down now,” said the inspector.
Two Victorian police officers were then seen arriving at the site.
Footage from the site showed pieces of timber holding the stocking – the boards that make up the site’s borders.
One construction worker repeatedly asked union representatives to leave the site
Another long, leaning metal beam is visible on one of the walls, with boulders covering its base.
The CFMEU also criticized the office on site.
“Imagine that you are suffering from heat exhaustion and are put in a tin hut with the sun pouring down on you,” said the delegate.
After sharing screenshots of the site on their Facebook page, the federation said the standards were “not appalling”.
“How do they expect their workers to deal with these conditions?” read post.
(The construction company) should be ashamed of how the CFMEU organizers were treated prior to arrival.
“We are here to protect the workers so that they can return home safely at the end of the day to their families.”
CFMEU and the construction company have been contacted for comment.
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