Notice to class members – amended Statement of Claim filed in the Federal Court of Australia.
On 30 June 2020, Slater & Gordon Lawyers acting on behalf of CFMEU Mining and Energy Division members covered by the Renyard v WorkPac class action, filed an amended Statement of Claim in the Federal Court of Australia.
One effect of the amended Statement of Claim is to extend the group of employees covered by the class action to include new union members.
The amended Statement of Claim seeks to define the class as those existing or former WorkPac employees in the coal mining industry who were financial members of the CFMEU as of their last assignment with WorkPac; or who were financial members of the CFMEU as of 30 June 2020.
One effect of this amendment, which is subject to approval by the Court, is to extend membership of the class action to persons who have joined the CFMEU in the period between 20 August 2019 and 30 June 2020.
We anticipate that there will be an initial case management hearing listed in the Federal Court in late July or early August 2020. We are hopeful that the Court will accept the CFMEU amendments and that a full hearing of the class action will be scheduled before the end of 2020.
We will keep class members up to date with any further developments.