Biker & Tradies Banned


Where in your insurance policy does it state that a Tradie cannot have a motorcycle or be associated with a motorcycle gang?

Are you covered if your right to work has been stripped away, even after you have resigned from a gang? Unfortunately, there is no insurance policy for this.

You may remember the 26 biker gangs that were outlawed last year. Now, Queensland Tradies who have been accused of having links to these gangs, may have their livelihood revoked and face automatic de-registration. All of this may be done based on the grounds of being an “associate,” with no opportunity for tradies to hear and challenge the allegations made against them.

Queensland’s industrial unions estimate that up to 400 tradies may have been members or associated with the bikies, which puts them in jeopardy of losing their licenses. The problem lies in the fact that these members will be prevented defending themselves against the allegations. Additionally, these tradies can still be stripped of their right to work even if they have resigned and are no longer has an affiliated with the biker gang.

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties is fighting against this revocation, stating they are not supporting or defending the gangs. Instead, according to Peter Simpson of the ETU, they are protecting “the presumption of innocence and the right of people to be told of any allegation and to defend it”.