Category Archives: Union Rorting

A bit late Bill

Workplace relations minister Bill Shorten during House of Representatives question time at Parliament House Canberra, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt) NO ARCHIVING

Bill Shorten has suddenly decided to do something about the Unions stealing money from their members and exhorting bribes and blackmailing businesses.
He is about to announce a proposal for significant new powers to crack down on corrupt unions in a bid to reposition Labor in the wake of the trade unions royal commission.

After a year in which the Opposition Leader has been dogged by the royal commission and his performance in the witness stand, Labor will attempt to demonstrate to voters it too is prepared to crack down on corruption.
Their first plan of attack was to ignore all the revelations coming out of the Trade Union Royal Commission but when the press kept on reporting the shady deals as facts, which they obviously were, they then started labeling it as a witch hunt.  The public saw through that as well so now Bill feels obliged to show he has “zero tolerance for criminality or corruption in the union movement”.

Zero Tolerance” as different from “Full Tolerance” that has been the ALP’s attitude to Union rorting up to this point.

I don’t recall the words “Zero Tolerance” ever used during the Craig Johnson trials.

Bill Shorten indicates he is still in denial;

“At the core of the Liberals and their political ideology, is a desire to destroy the ability of unions to effectively represent workers, making it easier to rip away pay and conditions like penalty rates,” he said.

No it isn’t Bill. The core of the Liberals and the thinking public’s ideology is to have unions operate under the same rules as businesses.  That is to say, when Union officials steal money from their members, extort money from businesses or blackmail them, they are fined or sent to prison just like Business leaders are.

Don’t steal money from your members….nothing to fear.

Don’t extort money or blackmail businesses….nothing to fear.

Account for your funds through independent audit….nothing to fear.

Easy Bill.

I wonder if today’s news has any impact on Bill’s timing;

Two of Australia’s most powerful construction unionists have been charged with blackmail as a year-long investigation into Victorian CFMEU state secretary John Setka and his deputy, Shaun Reardon, arising from the trade union royal commission, culminated in dramatic arrests.

A bit hard to deny now.

Union rorting

Shorten claims the release of the news that the Trade Union Royal Commission has found he has not committed any indictable offence was released late on Friday night was an attempt to bury his “Innocence” has nothing to do with the timing

It is all about Shorten trying to get more media coverage on the announcement.

He may not have committed an indictable offence but he has committed and immoral and unethical offence. Any Trade Union official that negotiates a pay decrease for it’s members in exchange for funding that was used to finance his campaign to gain a seat in parliament has to be considered as unethical at best.

But that’s the unions for you.

Day after tedious day, the Trade Union Royal Commission uncovers examples of union officials stealing members funds for personal gain.

Day after day, millions of dollars of unexplained or false invoice deals are uncovered and the Unions and the ALP are still screaming “Witch Hunt”

Yes…right fellows.

In today’s news;

The Turnbull government will make a staunch defence against any Labor attack on the trade union royal commission in parliament this week, seizing on corruption allegations against the Australian Workers Union.

At least five former AWU offic­ials have been criticised in the submissions, including alleg­ations of possible criminal behaviour by Bill Shorten’s former deputy at the union, Cesar Melhem­, who faces a prison sentence if ultimately charged and convicted of falsifying invoices.

Staunch defence!!!

They should be attacking, not defending. Every press conference, whatever it’s initial subject, should be closed with ” Did you note today’s news from the Trade Union Royal Commission? Did you note that Secretary X has used X dollars on his or her private expense?

Every day, every press meeting.

And then table in Parliament a bill that brings Union officials under the same regulations as business leaders.

Let ASIC sort it out.

Penalty rates

Communist 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”.

They do?

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.

Thomson “Good man” but depressed

“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.

$24,538.42!

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.

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