I’ve seen a lot of things in the construction industry during my 42 years. But the behaviour of the CFMEU leadership this week in Melbourne has been nothing short of appalling.
They have now maintained an unlawful and illegal blockade at one of the city’s biggest construction sites for a week, preventing people from entering. Let’s look at who is being targeted here- the CFMEU is targeting average Victorians who are trying to get to work.
More than 90 Grocon workers are locked out of their workplace, threatened and intimidated, stopped from doing their jobs by the very union that claims to be protecting them.
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When anyone passes away, it’s only natural to dwell on their good points. So it is with professional life – no matter how hopeless someone is, the farewell speech will ultimately focus on their love of small animals.
Take Brendan Darcy (Sad exit of the man who took on building industry yobbos, on yesterday’s Punch) who refers to Building industry Star Chamber head John Lloyd as a remarkable public servant – and he’s right.
Mr. Lloyd is remarkable. At a cost of a mere $475 000 per year to the taxpayer (a figure substantially higher than Mr. Darcy is prepared to admit and well to the north of the salaries of, say, the PM or Chief Justice) Mr. Lloyd stands out from his colleagues. Why - because he plays a partisan role at the top of an ideologically driven organisation engaged in a political fight.
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John Lloyd, the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, is paid $400,000 a year. Could a public servant ever be worth that much?
Yes, when he and his role is worth a lot more than that to the Australian economy in billions of dollars of productivity gains. And yes, when the remuneration represents danger money as the Commissioner and his staff for which is responsible, have been and continue to be subject to intimidation and coercion by Eureka cross wearing thugs across worksites nationwide.
John Lloyd, a very charming but tough man, is even more remarkable as a public servant as he could have opted to keep a long term cushy IR Club job as a commissioner for many years.
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