Welcome to the world of Craig Thomson: a parallel universe in Real World The FWA report states on December 13, , Thomson was. A FAIR Work Australia (FWA) probe into Labor MP Craig Thomson’s led by FWA director Terry Nassios – were on track to report to the FWA. Evidence obtained from the FWA interview with Mr Thomson. Union, Craig Thomson, National Secretary, Level 2 Victoria Street.

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Officials have evaded questions put forward in the Senate estimates hearing seeking details of the probe, citing the risk of prejudice to the investigation or future reporh or criminal proceedings. The regulator says the union committed breaches replrt the Registered Organisations Act – all civil penalties punishable by fine.

Third, reform of the relationship between unions and the ALP is long overdue. Here, the experts respond to the latest development in this long-running saga. The lengthy time that FWA has taken to complete its investigations into the HSU has seriously weakened the political position of the organisation.

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It took Thomson some time to stand aside from the parliamentary position he held early on in the term – the chair of a parliamentary committee. Perhaps if the voice of workers had been heard some disasters may have been averted.

Unions can no longer use the fig leaf of class war, or the pretence that these private matters that will be settled internally. Second, the FWA needs to have better powers of investigation and prosecution in respect to unions and business organisations similar to those that operate in respect of ASIC and companies.

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His resignation from parliament would put pressure on the Labor minority government, but not lead to its fall. It shows detachment from the electorate. But it is known the investigation is not only looking at union documents and evidence but allegations made in various media reports. The pressure continues to intensify on embattled Crai Craig Thomson.

Craig Thompson probe results likely by year’s end

A move last week to install former Liberal MP Peter Slipper as Speaker, replacing Harry Jenkins who moved to the Labor craiv, has shored up the government’s slender hold in the lower house. FWA has yet to decide whether the report will be made public.

With the decline in union and party memberships, the relationship has become too narrowly based and operates too much like a closed network. Formal democratic procedures have failed to protect the interests of union members. Expert Database Find experts with knowledge in: First, unions need to have processes that are far more transparent and accountable. Should I kill spiders in my home? FWA has found its resources thinly spread. Not just a one-off, but continuous poor judgement.

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The latest development in the HSU saga emphasises three points. The allegations are extraordinarily serious. The chaotic internal affairs of the HSU have been serious embarrassment for the union movement and an insult to HSU members. The HSU is affiliated to the Labor Party tgompson there is little evidence the union has ever acted as a means for ordinary workers in the health sector to influence the policies of Labor governments.


Furthermore, if he was to be taken back in the midst of continuing allegations, the government would be opening itself to further questions about whether it can make sound political judgement. Did you know that The Conversation is a nonprofit reader-supported global news organization?

The question now becomes whether Ms Gillard will welcome Thomson back to the party. In the s high tbompson membership and more generous union entry rights to workplaces meant that the industrial regulator played little role in the direct enforcement of industrial awards.

Craig Thompson probe results likely by year’s end

A spokeswoman told AAP on Tuesday that this remained the case. The industrial watchdog has been looking at the allegations relating to Mr Thomson’s time as the Health Services Union HSU htompson secretary since Aprilbut a formal investigation did not start until March The Slipper and Thomson affairs have very long histories. Fair Work Australia has finally ended years of uncertainty by publicly releasing its recommendations on the embattled Health Services Union.