Banks supporting Unite Union – or do they?

Matt Mccarten’s Unite Union has finally filed their overdue accounts with the registrar…except they haven’t. I have engaged the Owl for a once over lightly so as to not impinge on his holiday with the kids.

There are serious questions as to whether or not Unite union should actually be a union given their poor adherence to the law. Their repeated failure to meet statutory requirements should preclude them from acting as a union. If I was McDonalds or Burger King or SkyCity I’d be applying to have them struck off the register.

Observation by the Owl

Unite Union has filed their 2011 and 2012 Accounts – seriously late and after some enormous pressure by all involved.

There is a loss which is then matched by a surplus. The Union is insolvent and should be closed down except there is a major issue with the accounts. They are not audited therefore there is zero qualification of its viability as a going concern.

There is a note to the accounts which says that the overdraft is secured by a private residency. (Note 4).


Whaleoil has checked the property (pdf of title transactions) in question and can not seen any lien or caveat over the property. There is a mortgage to ASB Bank but that dates back to 2001. Furthermore the bank or financier for the security of the overdraft is not named in the accounts.

Observation by the Owl

Unite Union constitution states these accounts should be audited. Unless there is an auditors statement to verify this security on behalf of its members then there are more questions than answers.

If I was the property owner I would definately be making sure that 7,000 union members owe me if the union goes tits up.

The union is not meeting statutory requirements as required by law to maintain its status as a union. It is not alone in this regard. A proper investigations of unions is required.

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