CFMEU

The trials and tribulations of the CFMEU

Ben Schneiders The CFMEU slogan 'If provoked, we will strike' works both ways, as the union discovered last week.

Analysis

CFMEU corruption and bribery allegations play into government's hands

Senator Eric Abetz

James Massola Evidence of bribery and links between the powerful construction union, bikies, organised crime and companies seeking work on large private and government building projects could not have come at a...

CFMEU veteran received death threats after blowing whistle

Brian Fitzpatrick

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker A building union stalwart says he received death threats after he tried to stop his union's dealings with a Sydney crime figure.

Criminal links claims against CFMEU NSW boss

Brian Parker

Rachel Olding The NSW secretary of the building union could be forced to fight for his job next week amid accusations he gave favourable treatment to labour hire firms with criminals ties.

Leaked report shows more than 60 safety breaches at Lend Lease work sites

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Anna Patty An internal audit reveals Lend Lease has recorded more than 60 serious safety breaches in a year which have put builders at risk of electrocution, fire, falls from height and falling objects.

Tony Abbott accused of breaking promise on pension age

Abbott

James Massola, Anna Patty, Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland The Abbott government is actively considering raising the pension age to 70 and changing indexation arrangements for the payments in the budget.

Slush fund royal commission: the labour movement faces its demons

March starting at the Parliament House in Perth by Western Australian Unions.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.

Jim Byrnes vows to tell all at royal commission

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, James Massola, Nick Ralston Colourful business identity Jim Byrnes has vowed to give evidence at the royal commission into union corruption about construction union bribery, links to organised criminals and the allegedly...

Crime figure hired Labor power-broker Graham Richardson to lobby developers

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, James Massola and Nick Ralston Crime figure and allegedly corrupt building company owner George Alex hired Labor power-broker Graham Richardson to help lobby developers and secure building contracts in the mid 2000s.

EXCLUSIVE

Bribery, dirty deals rife in building industry

Amin Fakhri and Mick Gatto

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Ben Schneiders Union endorsement is all but essential for labour hire, traffic management, scaffolding and crane companies to be engaged on large projects by major building companies and developers.

Union royal commission: Building whistleblowers threatened

Nick McKenzie, James Massola, Richard Baker Building union corruption whistleblowers have been threatened not to co-operate with investigations into alleged criminal activity as the federal government prepares to launch a national police...

Union bribes revealed

MONEY

Nick Ralston, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker Wads of cash, a hot rod and free air travel have emerged as the latest kickbacks given to union officials and company managers, as the federal government moves to order a royal commission into union...

PM signals powerful union probe

Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola Josh Gordon Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.

Abbott swoops on union graft

Abbott

James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine slush funds, corruption and malfeasance in the union movement.

Revealed: National network of dirty deals

Barangaroo

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Ben Schneiders Officials from Australia's powerful building unions are being bribed by corrupt companies that need their support to win multi-million-dollar contracts.

Bikie Amin Fakhri takes up an enterprising pursuit

Amin Fakhri

Standing nearly two metres tall and weighing more than 150 kilograms, Amin Fakhri makes an impression wherever he goes.

Bikies, crooks and Barangaroo

George Alex

Marcus Strom, Nick McKenzie A company controlled by crime figure George Alex has been supplying contract labour to the building site at Barangaroo with the knowledge and support of senior figures within the NSW branch of the...

Crime-linked companies win work on Victorian state projects

Tune Hotel in Swanston Street.

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker Contracts for government projects in Victoria and NSW have been awarded to crooked companies - including those with organised crime links - as part of rackets involving corrupt union officials.

Union veteran received death threats

Brian Fitzpatrick

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and James Massola A building union stalwart says he received death threats after he tried to stop his union's dealings with a Sydney crime figure, as mounting revelations see Prime Minister Tony Abbott poised to...

Threat to kill whistleblower

Brian Fitzpatrick

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and James Massola A building union stalwart says he received death threats after trying to stop his union's dealings with a Sydney crime figure, as mounting revelations see Tony Abbott poised to announce a royal...