Dispute causes shutdown of crane at Newcastle TAFE site

Dispute causes crane shutdown at Hunter Street site Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil
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Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

Police on scene at the Hunter Street TAFE Art School, where CFMEU Union Officials have shut down the site.. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebookThe Herald understands the Boom Logistics crane company was originally approached to complete Thursday’s job aspart ofthe Hunter Street TAFE restoration project, but workers have since gone on strike.

“Mobile crane workers in Newcastle, Singleton, and Wollongongwho have not had a pay increase in more than five years, have launched an indefinite strike after the breakdown in talks with their employers,” a CFMEU statement said.

“More than 100 workers at Boom Logistics and WGC cranes have taken legally protected strike action because of the companies’ failure to offer a fair pay deal despite months of negotiations.”

Notified of the impending workplace action, the project contractor 3 Cross Pty Ltdbooked an alternative company to complete the job.

The works were halted for most of the day as police and Safe Work NSWwere called in to asses the site and negotiatebetween the parties.

Police are at the scene of a ‘demarcation’ dispute on Hunter Street pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/N8cU7epLT1

— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) October 25, 2018

Read the full report in tomorrow’s Herald.

READ MORE:Read more about the strike action here.