The Courier-Mail

WHAT THE TRADE UNION ROYAL COM­MIS­SION HAS UN­COV­ERED

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The Royal Com­mis­sion into Trade Union Gov­er­nance and Cor­rup­tion was es­tab­lished on March 13, 2014 in line with Tony Ab­bott’s pre-elec­tion vow to mount an in­quiry into a slush fund at the AWU. It is look­ing into how unions are run and how they use mem­bers’ dues.

4 ar­rests by the AFP’s Trade Union task­force

26 peo­ple re­ferred to 11 state and fed­eral agen­cies for in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Ju­lia Gil­lard was ques­tioned over her decades-old le­gal work for the AWU and al­le­ga­tions ren­o­va­tions on her house were paid for us­ing a union slush fund but no ad­verse find­ings were made

Bill Shorten failed to de­clare a $40,000 do­na­tion to his 2007 fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign as re­quired by law un­til just two days be­fore he ap­peared be­fore the com­mis­sion

Chiq­uita Mush­rooms paid the AWU $4000 a month for ‘train­ing pro­grams’ while Mr Shorten was head of the AWU, al­legedly at the ex­pense of work­ers rights

The AWU signed up ‘phan­tom mem­bers’ in­clud­ing net­ballers and cham­pion jock­eys with­out their knowl­edge to in­crease their power base

A Can­berra builder was al­legedly forced to pay CFMEU of­fi­cials $135,000 in cor­rupt cash pay­ments so he could ac­cess con­struc­tion sites in Can­berra

Two men, who had worked with the CFMEU, were ar­rested af­ter al­le­ga­tions of black­mail and stan­dover tac­tics

Phone taps re­vealed CFMEU of­fi­cials abus­ing and threat­en­ing tradies in a bid to get cash pay­ments from them

Syd­ney un­der­world d fig­ure Ge­orge Alex gave ev­i­dence about con­nec­tions bbe­tweent the Syd­ney con­struc­tion in­dus­try and the crim­i­nal world

NSW CFMEU boss Brian Parker (be­low, cen­tre) was deemed “not a fit and proper per­son to hold of­fice as the sec­re­tary of the NSW branch”

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