AusBN – The Royal Commission has ordered the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) to pay a US$2.76 million fine to Grocon.
The CFMEU has been fined after the events of a union organised protest in 2012, which turned violent.
The protesters blocked the construction of Grocon’s Emporium building in Melbourne and police were forced to use horses and pepper spray to subdue the crowd.
Construction company Boral is also seeking a $21 million compensation fee from the union after it intentionally boycotted the company.
A further $423,000 was paid by the CFMEU after it blocked the construction of a housing development for Australia’s homeless in Brisbane.
CFMEU members will have to pay $30 for the unions legal fees.
CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan said: "It's not a great use of members' money, it's just a fact that when there is an issue of occupational health and safety as serious as this at stake, workers and the union will take a stand.
"(Grocon) has by far the worst occupational health and safety record in the construction industry and the situation is that the money that's been paid is paid with great reluctance.”
Grocon head Daniel Grollo said: "For well over a decade Grocon has advocated that the law should be upheld by all participants in the construction industry -- employers, employees and unions alike -- as it is in other industries in Australia."