Unions ‘skim’ $130m off funds

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Sep-17

Data from the Australian Electoral Commission shows that the militant Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union was paid around $A75m from employer-funded worker entitlement trusts between 2011-12 and 2015-16. In all, 14 unions were paid a total of $A130m from these trusts over a five-year period, with unions receiving more than $A58m in payments from redundancy funds and $A38m from training funds. There is little regulation of worker entitlement funds, which receive compulsory contributions from employers.

CORPORATES
CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN METAL WORKERS’ UNION, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT, ACTU, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO TRADE UNION GOVERNANCE AND CORRUPTION, COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC, ENERGY, INFORMATION, POSTAL, PLUMBING AND ALLIED SERVICES UNION OF AUSTRALIA, ELECTRICAL TRADES UNION, NATIONAL UNION OF WORKERS

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