Big Losses in Union Sector

Since it is Labour day I thought I would give readers a little piece of information as a taster of a series that is to come.

In the last financial year 15 CTU affiliated unions lost members money.

The largest loss was $674,687 and the smallest loss was $205.

The losses of members money in total (from those unions that have bothered to file accounts) was $2,210,423

Some other key numbers to astound you:

  • One Union spent $2,211,414 on travel and accommodation.
  • That same union owes $1.2M in taxes, yet reported a surplus of $1,242,446
  • One union that reported the largest loss also spent $1,149,528 on travel and accommodation.
  • The top ten unions by revenue pulled in $96,392,035 in fees.
  • Those same unions spent $54,139,939 on wages and salaries or 56% of all revenue.
  • 13 CTU affiliate unions are yet to supply proper audited accounts as required by law.

There is more to come as I continue to collate and analyse the big money that flows through the unions.

  • JC

    You haven’t mentioned one of the biggest union losses.. say the EPMU.. 2007 membership return 69580.. 2011 55459.

    JC

    • Owl

      Actually they are down to 35000. Their biggest loss of membership was during the last years of labour. You can source that info off the department of labour website. Manufacturing was in a he’ll of a crisis then – seriously it was and the dollar was at 60 cents. EMPU and the greens and NZ first are only 5 years late. Labour is just late

  • thor42

    One other thing I’d *really* like to know –
    What percentage of teachers in this country are members of a union? A breakdown by primary/secondary would be interesting.
    Any info on that, WO? How could that info be found?

    • Owl

      There are a 100,000 registered teachers approx according to teachers registration council annual report

      • Gazzaw

        Do we know what the membership is of NZEI & PPTA?

        • Owl

          Their websites will tell you – then divide by 5 times by 4 and then add 6.

          • thor42

            Thanks for that, Owl and Gazzaw.

  • JC

    Actually I’m fucking wrong, I meant the manufacturing sector, and the 2012 return is 50646.

    http://tinyurl.com/954h567
    (Scroll to the bottom )

    So a 40% drop.

    JC

  • Troy

    Wow Cam, just wait for the shit the Labour Party will sling your way – they support organisations that alledgely fight for the average worker yet line their own pockets and the Labour Party to boot- it’s like an infestation, a verminous cretinous parasitical life form that lurches all over the place in order to maintain self-preservation. Imagine what life would be like without unions. No bullshit strikes, no gestapo-like tactics in bullying those that want to work, no Labour Party… bring it on Cam, expose the Unions for what they are.

  • Scanner

    Gee whizz, there must be some big salary packages lurking out for some union officials, some must even be up there with some of those nasty greedy employers, it’s just so reassuring to see the workers representatives living high on the hog courtesy of their wage earning comrades, wait for the revolution brothers.
    Still no sign of Ms Kellys remuneration package, that cat must have a good grip on the tongue Hellen, or is there something you are ashamed of perhaps, or maybe shes just another one of the greedy few we hear so much about from the unions?

  • conwaycaptain

    Dave Morgan ex President of the NZSU is on the board of Maritime NZ and also PFL which ios losing money and up for sale!!

    • thor42

      Well, well…… Cap’n Morgan……. ;)

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    “That same union owes $1.2M in taxes, yet reported a surplus of $1,242,446″ – Why is IRD sleeping? If any one of us, mere mortals owed even $100, IRD will be coming after us…I am surprised….

    • Owl

      They got caught with a big tax bill due to depreciation changes in their accounts. It is declared but they have to stump up the cash … It was the PSA Union.

    • Owl

      The PsA is run by this Brenda Pilott who never turns up to Victoria university board meetings, tweets non stop about how bad John Keys is and Then slams a big increase on union members fees saying it was th impact on GST costs. Bullocks the union wages went up $500k and they spend a healthy 2M on travel.

      There is more to come!

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Bring it on Owl!!! Expose these unions scams. Yeah right GST impact. my foot.

      • Dave

        Congratulations to the Owl, love your thoroughly researched and factual posts.

  • cows4me

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    • Gazzaw

      You got some dyslexic pigs there Cows?

      • Teletubby

        Nope, just ones that were taught by our old friend Kosh

  • Dave

    Congrats to Whale, i cant wait!! Impressive work.

    Love to see Hootons story in the Horrid, his take, rebuilding, working hard to protect the working man. Kosh’s view, its all lies, the right does that.

    would be really interesting for Cam to interview Helen Kelly asking all the tough questions, might be a proper interview, instead of the staged tame propaganda the usual repeaters churn out.

  • Dave

    Checked back to a company i worked for in 2010, almost $60 million turnover, branches all over NZ. Travel & accommodation budget was 1.25 mill. that excluded company vehicle costs, and conference costs, but included all travel and accommodation for conferences and training. Key to this, all travel had to be approved by a very senior manager, stating purpose and benefit to the organization, and any trip spanning a weekend or overseas trip had to have COO/CEO approval.

    I would love to see a breakdown of ALL unions travel and accommodation expenses, yes even their meals, oh, and the porn channel they might have charged to their union credit card.

  • conwaycaptain

    I worked for a large NZ Co i the late 80;s and travelled in NZ and o’seas with the. You had to produce receipts for any costs more than 10 bucks. Any meals and entertaining had to be approved by your Manager.
    They didnt have company credit cards. They dumped them as they said it took too long to check that people hadnt put personal expenses on them and people were also charging more than was reasonable. So you had to use your own and show what each expense was for.

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