CFMEU fined in Federal Court

THE CFMEU and three of its officials have been fined $130,000 for trying to force a building company to use union labour on six Queensland projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Federal Court Judge Darryl Rangiah fined the militant construction union $100,000 and ordered officials Kurt Pauls, Justin Steele and Eddie Bland to each pay $10,000 for coercive conduct and organising industrial action.

The projects, which included a Ronald McDonald House and the Commonwealth Games velodrome, ground to a standstill for two years during the dispute last year.

Justice Rangiah found the industrial action was designed to pressure the head contractor to only use subcontractors who had enterprise agreements with the CFMEU or into consulting the union before engaging subcontractors.

"The conduct was designed to disrupt the six projects and cause (the head contractor) economic harm," Justice Rangiah said.

ABCC Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss welcomed the decision as another reminder that the rule of law must be complied with.

"The near-maximum penalties show that the CFMEU cannot continue to resort to unlawful conduct to force others to bend to its will," Mr Hadgkiss said.