A little information on the Health Services Union (HSU) since it¬Ļs all over¬†the news in Australia.
Let’s look at the cast of characters involved in the HSU:
- Craig Thomson – New Zealand born former HSU National Secretary now ALP¬†Member for Dobell – 181 irregularities in the FWA report (yet to be¬†published) most of which will refer to Thompson’s misconduct.¬†Julia Gillard maintains she “still has confidence in him”!
- Zoe Arnold – married to Craig Thomson (walked out on his first wife and¬†kids to marry her), former press secretary to Reba Meagher, controversial ex-NSW ALP Health Minister
- Leo McLeay – former ALP MHR, HSU Ombudsman
- Mark McLeay – son of Leo McLeay, brother of Paul McLeay, former (sacked¬†for watching porn) NSW ALP Minister; employed by Thomson
- Mike Williamson – National President HSU, former ALP National President,¬†NSW ALP Vice-President, mentor to Craig Thomson
- Alex Williamson – Daughter of Mike Williamson, staffer for Julia¬†Gillard
- Natalie Bradbury – National HSU Assistant Secretary, sister of David¬†Bradbury, ALP member for Lindsay
- Jeff Jackson – former State Secretary HSU, had to pay back $15,000 due¬†to unauthorised pay increases
- Kathy Jackson – National Secretary HSU, ex-wife of Jeff Jackson, former¬†State Secretary HSU, (now whistle blower on the rorts)
- And of course, the HSU members themselves – expected to pay up their dues¬†to support the above plus Thomson and his mates raunchy exploits.
Does anyone really need to ask what’s wrong with the union movement and the¬†ALP?
It appears that this scenario is repeated in one form or¬†another in most unions, most state ALP offices and of course, the national¬†ALP, ¬†which is currently¬†the government in Australia thanks to their cosy¬†factions and backroom deals with the faceless men.
It’s the same system that coughs up people like Thomson, Swan, Albanese,¬†Shorten, Emerson, Combet, Gillard and all the others who have slid into safe¬†ALP seats using union members as a tool to their progress, and not having¬†any other credentials for office other than being a union boss.
The poor old union members have no idea what happens to their union dues nor¬†have they any say in it. The elites in the union leadership (few who have¬†risen up through the rank and file), as the price for securing their own¬†pre-selection when their time comes, ensure that vast amounts of union funds¬†are channelled to the ALP and its election campaigns.
One can only hope that as a result of the current publicity, union members¬†might start to wake up to the thieving and rorting which has been going on¬†for years, and the huge amount of money their union leaders syphon off to¬†finance their personal ambitions (and sleaze and of course) as well as the¬†ALP.
The worry is that the more I look into union finances the more I see parallels here in New Zealand.