In the great tradition of Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges, Crikey brings you the transcript of the really interesting bit of the “Hungry Jacks” tapes — the argument between a Perth building site official and Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union national secretary Dave Noonan over who’ll climb down the ladder first:
Official: Please leave the site.
CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan: I’m leaving the site.
Official: You’re not leaving the site, you’re standing stationary.
Noonan: Yeah, because you’re arguing with me.
Official: I’m not arguing, leave the site.
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Noonan: Do you want to escort me down?
Official: Get off the ladder.
Noonan: You want to escort me?
Official: Yes, you first, go.
Noonan: Well, what about you go down first and then I’ll come.
Official: No, you go down first. Dave, I’m not arguing with you, leave the site you’re trespassing.
Noonan: I’m prepared to leave the site.
Official: Then leave the site!
Noonan: You go down the ladder first and I’ll follow you.
Official: (You stand back and film all this, this is ridiculous.)
Noonan: My concern …
Official: Thank you, Dave , you’ve raised your concerns, see you Dave.
Noonan: Are you going to escort me off the site?
Official: Soon as you walk down the ladder.
Noonan: I want you to escort me off the site coz this bloke’s just laid his hands on me.
Official: Soon as you walk down the ladder, Dave, I don’t trust you coz I’ve asked you to leave the site and you’re refusing the leave the site, you are now trespassing. You are now trespassing.
Noonan: I’m asking if you can guide me down the ladder, I don’t think it’s a very safe ladder.
Crikey has obtained more explosive footage of a heated IR negotiation between a worker and employer that ended with the employee spreadeagled on the floor. Click here.