Category Archives: Union Rorting
Pommy Jock Shop Steward and Labor Senator Doug Cameron says;
…..around 4.5 million workers across the country depended on penalty rates to “actually put food on the table, take the family out to get a meal and go for a holiday once a year”.
I trust they don’t try and take their family out for a meal on the weekend as due to the penalty rates a lot of restaurants and coffee shops can’t afford to open on the weekend.
So not only do the hospitality staff miss out on penalty rates the weekends, they don’t even get wages.
Well done Doug
The evidence starts with a deserted, newly renovated restaurant and bar in a prime tourist location at Circular Quay in Sydney. Following a multi-million-dollar upgrade, the restaurant of this international hotel chain was closed most of Easter and is closed most of every Sunday. The reason is weekend penalty rates. This top priced, international hotel can’t make money on Sundays. Staffing is too expensive
Everything in Australia is 24/7…except the unions and their insistence on penalty rate for weekend work.
“My husband is a good man” according to the current Mrs Thomson which makes me wonder what the previous Mrs Thomson thinks. Christa Thomson was still married to him when he was on a spending spree booking whores, porn, booze and travel up to the HSU membership. He is claiming depression from the break-up of his marriage to Christa caused him to seek solace elsewhere however he also claims Christa was with him at times when is accused of consorting with the ladies.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg doesn’t seem to be impressed with Thomsons depression plea.
“I’ve never met anyone who’s not depressed at the prospect of going to jail” he said, as Thomson’s QC passed up the magic report.
Thomson had agreed to repay the HSU the $24,538.42 he embezzled with union-issued credit cards and a Flight Centre account.
What about $389,000 of union money spent on getting himself elected to Parliament.
The thousand-page report by Fair Work Australia, made public this week, paints a fascinating picture of a man prepared to lie about the more than $250,000 of union funds he spent on trips, holidays with his ex-wife, an airfare for his brother’s girlfriend, wining and dining, and even prostitutes. Every cent of that spending – even the 14 airfares for his ex-wife – was legitimate, Thomson told FWA. Except for the prostitutes, of course.
Craig’s world is described here
Michael Smith has good coverage and well worth the time to read
The saga is nearly over and, I hope, it will end with Thomson’s incarceration.