The beginning of the end for Unite?

According to NBR we may be seeing the beginning of the end of Matt McCarten’s Unite union.

Matt Nippert writes:

Part of left-wing political Machiavelli Matt McCarten’s Unite union empire has gone under owing money to the taxman.

The Auckland High Court confirmed Unite Social Services was placed into liquidation this morning at the request of the Commissioner of Inland Revenue at 10.56am.

The Official Assignee was appointed as liquidator.

Unite Social Services is separate from the union Unite Incorporated, but financial accounts filed with the Companies Office show the two entities are linked.

The accounts to March 2009 notes Unite Social Services is “a supplier of administrative support services to Unite Inc. The charges for these services is at the discretion of the company. For this financial year the company did not make any charge for these services.”

The same 2009 accounts show Unite Inc owed the IRD $134,095, and had entered a $8,000 monthly repayment plan with the taxman.

Unite Social Services’ sole shareholder and director is former Alliance MP Mr McCarten.

He is presently serving as a political adviser to Hone Harawira’s Mana Party.

Mr McCarten had not returned repeated calls by the National Business Review as this story was posted.

Part of me feels sorry for Matt McCarten but on the other hand a union that rails against employers that don’t meet their obligations should really be honouring their own obligations to the taxpayer, especially if the arrears is PAYE.

The other fallout of course will be the Mana Party which was going to rely heavily on Unite resources and organisers, the pity for them is that it appears that Unite was spending their tax obligations on campaigning.


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