The Victorian-Tasmanian Construction Branch of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has today announced that Australia’s leading labour law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, will provide legal services for the union’s members.
The firm will act for the CFMEU’s Victorian-Tasmanian Construction branch members in personal injury, employment and industrial matters.
CFMEU Victorian Construction Branch Assistant Secretary Elias Spernovasilis said the union wanted the best labour law firm in Australia acting for its members.
“The reputation of Maurice Blackburn as the leading labour law firm in Australia is well known, and that is the team we want working for our members,” Mr Spernovasilis said.
“They were also a clear choice for us due to their significant spread of offices across Victoria – meaning much greater local access to legal support and services for our members, including those in regional areas.
“We are looking forward to working with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in ensuring that our members get the best quality legal advice when it comes to personal injuries, employment and industrial matters,” he said.
Maurice Blackburn National head of Employment and Industrial Law Josh Bornstein said the firm was proud to be acting for the members of the CFMEU’s Victorian-Tasmanian Construction Branch.
“Our firm is proud to be taking on this role at a key time when the union movement is increasingly under attack from the Coalition Government and vested big business interests who are seeking to wind back the rights of working people and the nation’s broader industrial relations protections,” Mr Bornstein said.
“The CFMEU do important work representing construction workers and their families, including most crucially in the area of workplace safety, and we are proud to be partnering with them to continue this work.
“Our firm has significant coverage across Victoria with 38 offices located around the state, including 12 permanent offices and 26 visiting offices, and it is this presence, coupled with having the best industrial relations law team in the country that make us the right firm to fight for the CFMEU’s Victorian and Tasmanian construction members.
“We are a proud union firm, with a long history of striving for better working conditions for people right across Australia and we look forward to standing with the CFMEU’s Victorian-Tasmanian Construction Branch in these efforts,” he said.
Maurice Blackburn has permanent offices located in Melbourne, Craigieburn, Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong, Greensborough, Mildura, Reservoir, Ringwood, Sunshine, Traralgon and Wangaratta.
The firm’s Employment and Industrial Law team also remains the only first tier employment law firm for employees and union representation in Australia, according to the 2019 Doyles Guide.