This is what Bill Shorten and the unions are trying to protect by attacking the Royal Commission . Why?
Saturday, 29 August 2015
Forget bias, CFMEU is out to ‘destroy me’: Site Service Group chief
- THE AUSTRALIAN
- AUGUST 29, 2015 12:00AM
Andrew Bourke fears a bleak future of escalating intimidation by unions, meek capitulations by builders, mounting job losses, soaring costs and a stranglehold on the construction sector.
If former High Court judge Dyson Heydon’s royal commission into union corruption goes off the rails, Mr Bourke predicts small businesses such as his Site Service Group, which is being targeted by the CFMEU, will die.
As unions step up their campaign for the royal commission to be closed down over Mr Heydon’s alleged bias for accepting an invitation to speak at a Liberal Party event, Mr Bourke has elected to speak out about union conduct on Brisbane work sites. According to Mr Bourke, speaking out is a sure way to become a bigger target, but he told The Weekend Australian: “They’ll still try to destroy me if I stay quiet so I would rather speak the truth and make sure people understand the facts. There will be recriminations. But I have had enough and want to go public with the threats and intimidation by the cowardly union and their scumbag delegates and officials.
“In the middle of a royal commission, the CFMEU is crushing my small business, a traffic control company working in commercial construction.
“The union have had me sacked from five projects and stopped us winning two others. I believe we are black-banned by the union. We are a small player trying to grow, but we cannot get any work. It will be devastating if the royal commissioner is rolled over a speech to a bunch of lawyers, a speech which he didn’t even give. It is ridiculous.”
Read lots more with other examples in Hedley's story at The Australian