Published: 20 Sep 2021
The CFMMEU condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on the CFMEU Victorian Branch office and the mindless acts of violence perpetrated by members of the mob.
This crowd was heavily infiltrated by neo-Nazis and other right wing extremist groups and it is clear that a minority of those who participated were actual union members.
We thank the officials, delegates and rank-and-file members of the union who came to protect their office and their officials, and note that a number of people received minor injuries from acts of violence including the throwing of bottles.
We also thank officials and members from other construction unions and other trade unions who stood in solidarity with us.
The union will continue to defend its members' rights to work safely across Australia and we will not be intimidated from doing our job.
These are not actions of people who care about their workmates and the construction industry.
They are the actions of extremists or people manipulated by extremists.