The 2012 NZCTU Affiliated Union Financials Awards

The 2012 NZCTU Affiliated Union Financials Awards – powered by the Owl

Firstly the Owl would like to thank Andrew Little, Helen Kelly and Gary Parsloe for getting me interested in union matters. As a ratepayer, taxpayer, business owner and an exporter the Ports strike was of some importance to me. Before the strike I never really cared.

I always agreed with the Unions that there may be a case to listen to and so I asked myself this simple question: if you want me to support you let me find out a little bit more about the union?

It was at this point I realised by looking through a number of websites and information freely available to the public that the unions under the umbrella of the NZCTU do not follow the laws of the land or allow their businesses to be scrutinized in the public domain as required by law.

I have promised for some time for the members of all NZCTU affiliated Unions that I would produce an award and ranking system. It has taken some time and while every effort has been made regarding the accuracy the Owl apologises for any incorrect information tabled in these awards and happy to correct.

The Owl driver for the Awards is to improve the transparency for members of Unions – as one person once wrote about my work “ owl you are the advocate for Union members”

Best Union Financial Performance, (based on filing returns on time, financial stewardship and overall presentation of accounts for members)

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)

Commended

TUIA Union

Rail and Maritime Union

Worst Union Financial Performance, (based on filing returns on time, financial stewardship and overall presentation of accounts for members)

Cape Foulwind Drivers, Operators and General Workers Union

Biggest Losses Award (based on last two combined financial returns filed)

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU)  $1,103M Loss

Nominated

Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) $586,275.00 Loss

NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO) $1,285,336.00 Loss

Best Disclosure Award

NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO) $1,285,336.00 Loss (Over $1M paid to College Section Note 19)

Owl’s Comment: You have to really admire the NZNO Board they highlighted in Note 2 of the Accounts how many staff receive what salaries.

In 2010 19 staff were on salaries exceeding $100,000 – in 2009 it was 7

Missing in Action (The following NZCTU Affiliated Unions have either failed to file their returns or have filed their returns other than on the Incorporated Societies Register for the last three years.)

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (NZ Actors Equity)

NZ Professional Firefighters Union (NZPFU)

Amalgamated Workers Union Northern (AWUNZ)

Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (TIASA)

Update on how many NZCTU Affiliated Union Financial Returns are outstanding on the Incorporated Societies Website

2009 – 6 Returns

2010 – 16 Returns

2012 – 23 Returns (Some Unions are still in their Financial Year and have not been included)

Reg No.

Union

Balance Date

Return Last Filed

2012 Profit (Loss)

2011 Profit (Loss)

2010 Profit (Loss)

Notes to Accounts

References

1173856

Alloy Yachts Employees Federation

31-Mar

2011

(4,390)

4,923

Yes

 

508934

Amalgamated Workers Union Central (AWUNZ)

31-Mar

2010

 

60,931

Yes

 

605214

Amalgamated Workers Union Northern (AWUNZ)

31-Mar

2007

 

 

Yes

 

509077

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)

31-Mar

2010

482,730

478,761

Yes

 

509008

Aviation and Marine Engineers Association (AMEA)

30-Jun

2011

37,719

76,644

Yes

 

508906

Bakers and Pastrycooks Union

31-Mar

2012

4,377

(798)

13,046

Yes

 

582250

Cape Foulwind Drivers, Operators and General  Union

 

2010

No

 

531945

Corrections Association of New Zealand (CANZ)

30-Jun

2011

 

 

No

 

530207

Customs Officers Association of New Zealand (COA)

30-Jun

2011

22,336

22,772

Yes

 

508924

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU)

31-Dec

2011

(540,231)

(563,667)

No

Note 1

508942

FIRST Union (Merger of Finsec and NDU)

30-Jun

2011

149,698

55,660

Yes

 

509015

Flight Attendants and Related Services Association

31-Mar

2010

 

(144,592)

No

 

508911

Furniture, Manufacturing & Associated Workers Union

31-Mar

2010

 

(138)

Yes

 

218744

Independent Schools Education Association

31-Jan

2011

15,675

7,917

Part

 

509002

Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ)

31-Mar

2011

(226,688)

(359,587)

Yes

 

 

NZ Actors Equity

 

 

 

 

Note 2

1235928

Midwifery Representation and Advisory Services

31-Mar

2011

38,150

22,276

Yes

 

508933

NZ Building Trades Union (NZBTU)

31-Mar

2010

 

(50,340)

Yes

 

562968

NZ Dairy Workers Union (DWU)

31-Mar

2012

191,517

170,019

19,755

Yes

 

509066

New Zealand Educational Institute, Te Riu Roa (NZEI)

31-Dec

2010

ND

 

(128,602)

Yes

Note 3

508904

NZ Meat Workers and Related Trades Union

30-Sep

2011

ND

17,672

49,654

Yes

 

509004

NZ Merchant Service Guild Industrial Union

31-Mar

2012

65,135

79,687

(20,594)

Yes

 

509078

NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO)

31-Mar

2011

(512,173)

(773,163)

Yes

 

509071

NZ Post Primary Teachers Association

31-Mar

2010

 

363,434

Yes

 

 

NZ Professional Firefighters Union (NZPFU)

 

 

 

 

Note 4

1351196

NZ Professional Footballers Association (NZPFA)

30-Jun

2012

(68,714)

21,696

Yes

 

508998

NZ Tramways and Public Transport Employees Union

31-Aug

2011

(33,276)

(7,874)

No

 

217777

NZ Writers Guild (NZWG)

31-Dec

2010

 

(18,422)

Yes

 

804452

Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa

31-Oct

2010

 

(11,137)

No

 

215410

Public Service Association (PSA)

31-Mar

2011

(260,340)

1,116,310

Yes

Note 5

643960

Rail & Maritime Union (RMTU)

30-Jun

2011

269,991

146,447

Yes

 

535869

Service & Food Workers Union – Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU)

31-Mar

2012

(80,247)

(206,445)

(27,381)

Yes

 

509041

Southern Local Government Officers Union (SLGOU)

30-Jun

2011

120,643

75,358

Yes

 

509064

Tertiary Education Union

31-Dec

2010

 

232,266

Yes

Note 6

217145

Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (TIASA)

31-Mar

2009

 

 

Note 7

1101157

TUIA Union

31-Mar

2012

33,947

23,103

5,394

Yes

 

597570

UNITE

31-Mar

2010

 

(64,714)

Yes

 

Notes

  1. Loss before revaluations
  2. Could not find on MED website
  3. Consolidated accounts before revaluations
  4. Could not find on MED website
  5. 2011 Tax bill of $1.2M due to depreciation changes
  6. 2009 Accounts had a ($419k) Loss
  7. No Accounts filed since 2009

 

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    I had no idea there were so many bloody unions. Any idea how much colllectively they suck out of the pockets of their members? I bet they are a dead-hand on the economy.

  • GregM

    The nurses union has 19 staff payed more than $100k? For doing what exactly?
    Nice work, as always Mr Owl.

    • Neil

      I guess a question to ask in relation to that is how many members there are in the union – and therefore what is the cost per member for each of these high fliers

  • Magor

    Staggering to say the least, thank you Owl – now if only this could become a msm edition!

  • Neil

    Love your work Owl….you’re amazing….

  • Paddles83

    Well Done Owl

    I notice that NUPE – National Union of Public Employees is not on your list, i would be very interested in their financials and how you rate them having a family member who belongs to that union.

    • owl

      NUPE is not affiliated to the NZCTU (75% of Unions do not belong to the NZCTU) – they have filed their 2011 Accounts and their 2012 accounts are due about now. They have lived within their means and have good notes to their accounts. They even a line in their accounts for entertainment – $313.00 Good and excellent disclosure. Their Balance sheet is strong – Net Assets $9k but they were effected by the CHCH Earthquake. I would rate then good on financial stewardship and disclosure.

      Anyone feel free to ask any questions on the Unions – particularly interested in hearing from Union Members – the Owl is your advocate to ask questions of your Union executive

  • AnonWgtn

    MSM will not touch these figures.
    They are all union members and any dissent would incurr union bosses wrath and any future promotions.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Maybe a few of us could point out these huge glaringly obvious illegal activites to who ever it is in government responsible for ensuring these financials are filed on time.
    What an utter disgrace the unions are. Talk about doube standards – how can they attempt to be anywhere near “credible” as a 3rd party employment advocate – when they can’t even get their own house in order – a bare minimum essential BEFORE they can then be a 3rd party advocate.
    The SFO needs to get out the long rubber glovers, the microscope, extract digits and hold these renta-thugs to their minimum legal requirements.
    Or maybe the Dept of Labour needs to investigate these 3rd party employment advocates operating illegally for month’s. Would the Dept of Labour act if they know of employers employing without following minimum legal requirements?
    Dept of Labour – don’t get caught with your pants around your ankles and digits firmly buried – there’s plenty of smoke here – so go find the fire FFS – the Dept of Labour are month’s and month’s maybe even years behind in compliance with the unions. Or are they waiting for an invote to proceed from the SFO or the AG?

  • owl

    I have been asked why I did not include the NZCTU in the list. Easy they are the governing body – it is their responsibility to guide the affiliated Unions because they received over a $1m worth of subscriptions from these affiliated Unions.

    If I was the head of th NZCTU I would write a letter to unions members affiliated to the NZCTU and it would read something like this:

    “Dear member unions there are a number of you who have not filed your annual accounts and some for many years. Unless you file your returns you will not be allowed to renew your membership with the NZCTU – being an incorporated society is one of the benefits we enjoy and should respect that……..”

  • kehua

    Very impressive Owl, you are a clever fellow.

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