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Labor proposes modifications to tackle union misconduct

Updated December 07, 2015 00:28:33

Federal Labor will today announce a suite of measures aimed at improving union governance, with tougher penalties for criminal offences and much more protections for whistleblowers on the cards.

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption has uncovered misconduct in a number of unions, and is due to report by the end of the month.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told ABC’s Insider’s program on Sunday that he would be announcing the new standards.

“There has been some proof come out about the [Well being Solutions Union] and one particular or two other unions, which to my way of considering signifies we need to talk about improving governance,” he stated.

Labor’s strategy contains:

  • boosting powers for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to investigate breaches of the Fair Operate Act
  • doubling the maximum penalties for criminal offences
  • rising the size of the Fair Perform Commission, with $ 4.five million in additional funding
  • lowering the threshold at which election donations have to be declared from $ 13,000 to $ 1,000
  • giving union whistleblowers the identical protections that exist in the public sector.

Labor’s workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor stated the modifications would support stop rorting by dishonest officials.

“We want to see robust, effective and sincere unions representing working people in this nation and so if there are — and we know there are a handful of — [unions] that have carried out the wrong issue, we want to detect that early,” he stated.

In a joint statement from Mr Shorten, Mr O’Connor and Labor MP Mark Dreyfus, the Opposition also pledged to “assistance unions in their transition to a modern movement, which continues to advocate for nation changing reforms”.

The proposed changes would also see a mandatory rotation of auditors every five years and penalties of up to 12-month jail sentences for “auditors failing to do their job”.

Topics: unions, alp, government-and-politics, federal-government, corporate-governance, industrial-relations, australia

Very first posted December 07, 2015 00:23:59

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Two guys charged with blackmail following trade union royal commission referral

Posted December 06, 2015 15:35:52

Map: West Footscray 3012

Two Victorian guys have been charged with blackmail soon after an investigation by a joint police taskforce examining matters arising from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption.

Taskforce Heracles detectives charged a 51-year-old man from West Footscray and a 47-year-old man from Ocean Grove.

The Taskforce consists of the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police investigators, and was established to investigate referrals and other matters arising from the Commission.

Each guys will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Topics: royal-commissions, law-crime-and-justice, police, unions, west-footscray-3012, ocean-grove-3226

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UQ condemns ‘racist’ campaign for white student union

Posted November 27, 2015 20:19:48

The University of Queensland has condemned a “racist” Facebook web page attempting to garner help for a “white student union” on its campus.

The so-named University of Queensland White Student Union web page was designed this week and purports to be “a safe place to assistance and promote the interests of domestic students of European descent” at the university.

The first post published on the page includes a rant about the number of international students enrolled with the institution.

“We’re forced to do group function with internationals who can’t speak English. We carry the load and do all the function, even though our marks are dragged down,” it says.

“We’re forced to put up with the antisocial behaviour of a specific group of students who treat study spaces as social spaces and consistently attempt to ‘reserve’ public resources, such as computer systems.”

The university released a statement right now distancing itself from the web page.

“The University of Queensland is in no way affiliated with the so-named University of Queensland White Student Union Facebook web page, and no ‘white student union’ exists at UQ,” the statement read.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanne Wright stated the university prided itself on diversity.

“We thoroughly condemn any attempt to undermine the significance of fostering an equitable society, each on campus and a lot more broadly,” she stated.

The web page has 27 likes on Facebook, but has responded to the university’s statement, saying it plans to apply to turn into an official group subsequent year.

“Our group has in no way claimed to be an ‘official’ club or society but that doesn’t imply it does not exist,” it mentioned.

“There are quite a few student groups that aren’t UQU affiliated but exist nonetheless.

“If we have enough assistance from the student body we will apply to affiliate a White Student Society at UQ in 2016.”

Web page portion of bigger US trend advertising white supremacy: UQ

The university said the page appeared to be part of a bigger trend that has spread from North America, where dozens of comparable pages have appeared, each and every claiming affiliation with university communities.

According to US media, “white student union” Facebook pages have popped up at colleges across the nation in current days, such as at Princeton, Berkeley and Stanford.

The pages are suspected to be in response to a wave of anti-racism protests which have been taking spot on campuses this month.

The trend come days right after photographs of black Harvard Law faculty members were defaced on the university’s famous Boston campus.

Topics: university-and-further-education, education, community-and-society, st-lucia-4067, qld, australia

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