A dodgy union boss

The Australian

Craig Thomsons financial rorting of union funds is continuing to embarrass. We can see some of the same behaviour like the failure to file proper audited accounts happening inside our own unions:

PAYMENTS and cash withdrawals on Labor MP Craig Thomson’s union credit card were not properly accounted for and he hired several people without the required authority, the Fair Work Australia investigation report into the alleged rorting has claimed.

Among the people Mr Thomson is alleged to have appointed to an industrial position in the Health Services Union without the authority of the union’s national executive is his half brother, Struan Robertson.

The Australian can reveal key findings of the 1100-page report prepared by FWA investigator Terry Nassios concerning the national office of the Health Services Union from 2002 to 2007, when Mr Thomson was national secretary.

They are contained in a letter from Mr Nassios to the HSU national office, which details the alleged contraventions against it as a registered industrial organisation.

In his letter, obtained by The Australian, Mr Nassios says the alleged breaches are contained in his report which will be considered for action by FWA general manager Bernadette O’Neill.

Ms O’Neill has yet to decide what she will do about more than 100 alleged civil breaches, but she has referred findings of suspected criminal activity to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Nassios’s letter alleges numerous breaches by the national office of laws governing union finances and procedures, and of the union’s own rules.

Mr Nassios finds the national office, during the watch of Mr Thomson and national president Michael Williamson, failed to hold a number of properly constituted meetings of its national council.

He says the national office did not appoint a national auditor in some years in the required fashion, and failed to produce an annual financial return to FWA within the required reporting period for 2006-07.

Mr Nassios alleges Mr Thomson hired Mr Robertson, and the son of Labor figure Leo McLeay, Mark McLeay, without the authority of the national executive.

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