Union governance and corruption – have your say

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Union governance and corruption – have your say

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption is seeking submissions on its discussion paper about possible law reform proposals.

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The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption is seeking submissions on its  discussion paper about possible law reform proposals.

The full text of this extremely detailed discussion paper is available here

Submissions will be made public unless requested otherwise, or the Royal Commission considers they shouldn't be. That will usually only occur for reasons associated with fairness or where there is a possibility of harm being suffered by the person who made the submission.

Submissions

Submissions should be made by Friday 21 August 2015, preferably electronically, to submissions@turc.gov.au, or in writing to GPO Box 2477, Sydney NSW 2001.

Chapters three to 10 identify eight main topics for possible law reform. Each raises for consideration a number of potential issues or problems with the existing law. Following the identification of an issue there is discussion concerning possible law reform solutions.

Employers welcome paper


Master Builders welcomed the identification of areas for possible reform – saying it supports the proposition that registered organisations be held to higher governance standards, similar to those imposed on company directors under the Corporations Act.

The release of the discussion paper on options for law reform was also welcomed by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It noted that the discussion paper suggests the current laws governing ‘corrupting benefits’ given to and taken by union officials for things such as ‘industrial peace’ are unsatisfactory.

“Outcomes flowing from the Royal Commission to adequately address such practices are vital. There is no place for blackmail and extortion in our workplaces,” it said.

Unions not happy


The ACTU says the Royal Commission is a fundamentally political exercise – noting that every Liberal prime minister since Billy McMahon has had at least one Royal Commission into trade unions – it’s their attack of choice against their political enemies.

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