As regular readers will know I have been focusing on dodgy unions and their lackadaisical financial records.
One union which I highlighted was the Meatworkers and Related Trades Union in which I found over $4 million of members funds missing.
As a result of my investigations one of the meat companies laid a complaint with the Serious Fraud Office who declined to investigate. Perhaps they should have not been so hasty in dismissing the complaint. Perhaps Helen Kelly might like to apologise to AFFCO after labeling their complaint as “hatred”.
I have learned yesterday that the Meatworkers and Related Trades Union has been ordered by The Registrar of Incorporated Societies to comply with the law and has required the Union to re-do their latest financial statement to include the figures for the unincorporated branches.
This means that the union claims that it was all above board for them to not issue consolidated accounts and essentially hide members monies in subsidiaries was based on poor advice and they are now being required to properly file audited accounts.
This also means that the unincorporated societies are essentially breaking the Employment Relations Act and operating as illegal unions.
Perhaps Helen Kelly might like to apologise to AFFCO after labeling their complaint as “hatred”. It turns out that their complaint certainly looks like it had a great deal of merit but for the lack of focus of the regulator, more intent on looking for corporate fraud rather than fraud against working people. All AFFCO wanted was for members money to be properly accounted for, something you would have thought Helen Kelly and the CTU would have wanted for workers.
Perhaps too the Accountants Society should re-think their ignoring of wilful disobedience of legal requirement for unions to file full and proper accounts.
I await the new accounts that properly record the financial activities of the Meatworkers and Related Trades Union. Once they are filed we can then get a better picture on the true state of the union finances rather than the dodgy accounts filed thus far.
I believe it would be reasonable for the past few years to be likewise corrected so that a proper trace on funds can be completed.
Other unions are in a similar position, either with incomplete financial records as required by law, or with improper consolidation. They would do well to comply with the law.