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Melbourne Company Fined for Forcing Worker to Join The Union

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A Melbourne company involved in painting and decorating work and its director have been fined $20,000 after intimidating a worker into joining the CFMEU. The worker was told that he could not work at certain construction sites unless he joined the union.

The director of the firm confirmed that he did send a text message to workers informing them that they had to have valid union memberships or they could not work at 2 Melbourne sites.

When a worker questioned if the union membership was compulsory, the director said he would need to be a paid up member of the CFMEU before being allowed onto a particular worksite at Tullamarine.

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