Maritime Union spends over a $1million fighting Ports and still breaking law

The Maritime Union has spent over $1million fighting the Ports of Auckland but int he process continues to break the law over the filing of accounts.

David Williams at NBR writes:

The Ports of Auckland industrial dispute has cost the Maritime Union more than $1 million.

Asked if the dispute had hit $1 million, the union’s national president, Garry Parsloe, told NBR ONLINE: “Yes, it’s over that.”

But, the union would do it all again, he says, adding: “It’s something we had to do.” …

The union is an incorporated society, with obligations to file annual accounts. However, the public hasn’t been able to see the union’s legal costs for the past two financial years because it is yet to file its accounts

Last year, the union was forced by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies to resubmit its accounts for 2005 to 2011, because only the head office figures were declared and branch office figures were not included.

As reported by the National Business Review in February, this resulted in millions of dollars of previously undeclared income being revealed, as well as a tax battle with Inland Revenue.

The Business Ministry, which runs the societies register, confirms the 2012 and 2013 accounts are yet to be filed.

Spokesman Britton Broun says the ministry is yet to receive formal confirmation from the union about when the accounts will be filed.

For two years and more they have flouted the law. It is time that some real teeth was given to the societies register to counter this corrupt behaviour from unions.


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