The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has vowed to take on Australia’s militant unions, using its case against the CFMEU to ask business to come forward with evidence of unlawful conduct.
In a recent interview with the Australian Financial Review, ACCC chairman Rod Sims defended the tardiness of its investigation into the Boral secondary boycott and challenged industry leaders to come forward and call out examples of bullying and intimidation by the unions.
Master Builders strongly supports the ACCC in seeking to make the CFMEU comply with the law, particularly in the light of the evidence heard by the Royal Commission and Counsel Assisting’s submissions to Commissioner Dyson Heydon on this matter.
The fact that the ACCC almost did not proceed due to difficulties in gathering sufficient evidence underscores the need for a building industry watchdog with the stronger powers of the ABCC to be given responsibility for secondary boycotts in the building and construction industry.
In the interim, Master Builders welcomes Mr Sims’ comments as indicative of the ACCC’s newfound enthusiasm to actively pursue unlawful union secondary boycott action. Ultimately however, the key to industry victims coming forward will be the timely and successful prosecution of these matters through the courts.
Members seeking further information are encouraged to contact Master Builders’ IRDepartment on (03) 9411 4560.