Scrutiny of Unions

Looking at the publicly available financial information of New Zealand Unions some very interesting things spring to mind.

There is often a discrepency with what they say publicly and what the declare. Questions need to be asked, and we need to know if Unions are rorting their members like happened to the the Health Services Union members in Australia.

Health Services Union leader Jeff Jackson used union funds to pay for flights for his assistant and their partners to the wedding of one of their organisers, a damning Fair Work Australia report has found.

The report released yesterday finds more than 30 breaches of the law or union rules and reveals dysfunction in the organisation’s financial administration.
Among the findings were that Mr Jackson, the former Health Services Union Victorian branch secretary, improperly used union funds to pay for himself, assistant branch secretary Shaun Hudson and their partners to fly from Melbourne to Sydney for the wedding of a union organiser.

One thing is certain, the publicly claimed membership numbers and their dues don’t stack up with their accounts. Are Unions rorting their members like they are in Australia? And why haven’t the media here started looking?


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  • Blokeintakapuna

    If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…
    Of course the Unions are rorting the system and their members. One only needs to look at their “more respectable” political arm – the Labour Party for examples of integrity and honesty…
    …Like the lead-up to the 2008 election when Labour was in government where Labour deliberately over-spent almost $1,000,000 of tax payer funds trying to rig the election. Firstly, they tried to cover it up. Then they claimed they didn’t fully understand the law – that they themselves had created – and then as the sitting government, retrospectively changed the law to avoid prosecuting themselves for theft, attempting to rig an election, State Treason and numerous other highly illegal actions and behaviours.

    • johnbronkhorst

      In my opinion the worst thing auntie helen did was the Electoral Finance Act. This law, effectively took away the right of FREE SPEECH from ordinary kiwis. Unless you were registered as a political party, or affiliated to a political party (eg the unions, who support labour), it became an offence to comment on political matters during an election. Now that is corrupt and many of teh current labour front bench supported this at the time. Labour  = Principles…..YEAH RIGHT.

  • Blokeintakapuna

    pt2 contiued..

    That’s the “shiney, smile and wave” side to the coin – with the ugly, belligerent, and obnoxious side being the renta-thuggery union side and all the ugly low-bastardry actions and intimidation that comes with unions and their so called leaders.
    So if the “best side” of the union coin is deliberately trying to rig elections and steal almost $1million dollars, as the sitting government – you can almost bet the farm their bully boy union thugs are definitely swindling someone somewhere… probably the tax payers to the tune of over $150K eh Matt / Unite…
    …but hopefully bright spotlights will expose the seething stench of corruption. Keep up the great work WO. Cheers!

  • Timandtim

    Isn’t the OWL onto this?

  • Kosh103

    Sounds a bit like old Cam is going to start his own witch hunt.