Former Queensland CFMEU boss David Hanna has been slugged with the maximum possible penalty for threatening an employee after a heated argument with managers of a Brisbane construction site.
Hanna was fined $10,200 in the Federal Circuit Court on Thursday for breaching entry laws at the Broadway on Ann construction site at Fortitude Valley in February 2015.
In the penalty hearing, he was found to be in breach of the Fair Work Act over the incident where he raised his middle finger, swearing and spraying water on managers.
He made the gesture when asked to provide right-of-entry permits for the site by authorities before spraying water on a site manager who tried to record him on a mobile phone.
Hanna said: "Take that phone away or I'll f***ing bury it down your throat".
The Australian Building and Construction Commission has welcomed the penalty handed down by Judge Salvatore Vasta, the maximum penalty applicable at the time of the incident.
"There is no place for threatening physical violence on Australian construction sites," ABCC commissioner Nigel Hadkiss said.
"CFMEU officials cannot treat compliance with right of entry laws as optional."