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Union withdraws media statement

AAP logoAAP 23/08/2016

The construction union has withdrawn a media statement in which it claimed taxpayer-funded information being handed out by the building industry watchdog is reckless and illegal.

The CFMEU on Monday began action seeking penalties in the Federal Court in Sydney against Nigel Hadgkiss, the director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.

The union says pocket guides and posters misrepresent the right to entry provisions of the Fair Work Act, which stipulate union officials are permitted to meet with employees in lunch sheds where other arrangements are not mutually agreed to.

Inspectorate lawyers wrote to the CFMEU on Tuesday raising concerns about the union's public comments, saying the allegations remain unproven and the commentary could "improperly influence the course of any proceedings".

The CFMEU advised the inspectorate it would withdraw the media material.

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