Union official dismissed from Bendigo Hospital project for 'gifts'

UPDATE, 4.45PM: A state government spokesperson said individual employment arrangements are a matter for the consortium and the various contractors working on the site. 

"The Victorian Government expects that all state and national codes are fully complied with," the spokesperson said.

"Furthermore, we expect that any breaches of these codes are dealt with appropriately by the consortium and relevant contractors."

UPDATE, 3.10PM: Lend Lease has issued a response to the allegations a Victorian building union official working at the Bendigo Hospital redevelopment has been dismissed by the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union after claims he received 'gifts' from a contractor.

"We are not aware of any person who has worked on the Bendigo hospital project that has been involved in corrupt behaviour relating to that project," a Lend Lease spokesperson said.

​"Lend Lease has not employed a CFMEU organiser on its Bendigo project.

"Lend Lease has a zero tolerance approach towards corrupt or fraudulent behaviour within the construction industry. 
  
"We are committed to providing safe conditions for our workers in a lawful environment and will work with relevant authorities to fight corrupt behaviour in the construction industry."

UPDATE, 1.55PM: The CFMEU has declined to comment on the allegations.

The Bendigo Advertiser has also contacted the state government and Lend Lease for comment.

EARLIER: 

A Victorian building union official working at the Bendigo Hospital redevelopment has been dismissed by the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union after claims he received 'gifts' from a contractor.

Fairfax Media has confirmed CFMEU leaders recently dismissed the official after an internal probe into the 'gift' claims.

It is believed Victoria Police and the federal government's Fair Work Building and Construction inspectorate are aware of the Bendigo allegations.

The revelation was made as part of a major series by Fairfax Media into union practices.

CFMEU organiser Danny Berardi quit the union earlier this week after Fairfax Media exposed that a Melbourne construction industry company provided free work on his house.

More to come...

Read more of The Age series here

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