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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With the decline in union and party memberships, the relationship has become too narrowly based and operates too much like a closed network. The HSU is affiliated to the Labor Party but 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. Republish our articles for free, online reportt in print, under Creative Commons license.

The downfall of Labor governments in Queensland and to a lesser extent NSW owed much to failures of public health administration. FWA has yet to decide whether the report will be made public. Did you know that The Conversation is a nonprofit reader-supported global news organization?

Craig Thompson probe results likely by year’s end

Author Justin Norrie Editor. The question now becomes whether Ms Gillard will welcome Thomson back to the party. The latest development in the HSU saga emphasises three points. Mr Thomson, who was recently suspended from the Labor Party by the prime minister, continues to fight for his political survival. AAP November 29, 5: Not just a one-off, but continuous poor judgement. Write an article and join a growing community of more than 77, academics and researchers from 2, institutions. The chaotic internal affairs of the HSU have been serious embarrassment for the union movement and an insult to HSU members.


The industrial watchdog has been looking at the allegations relating to Mr Thomson’s time as the Health Services Union HSU national secretary since Aprilbut a formal investigation did not start until March A more open relationship is required, one that is more inclusive of a broader range of representative, community based organisations, is the long-term lesson of the HSU fiasco.

His resignation from parliament would put pressure on the Labor minority government, but not lead to its fall. Available editions United States. He has denied any wrongdoing. FWA has found its resources thinly spread.

Thompwon, the experts respond to the latest development in this long-running saga. 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 civil or criminal proceedings.

The membership of the HSU has been effectively disempowered. A spokeswoman told AAP on Tuesday that this remained the case. In the s high union membership and more generous union entry rights to workplaces thimpson that the industrial regulator played little role in the direct enforcement of industrial awards.

For the time being, the Fair Work Australia report has opened up new political challenges that the government must now confront.


FWA v Thomson – online file

The investigations are continuing,” the spokeswoman said. Should I kill spiders in my home? The comparison with Peter Slipper is an instructive one. 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. In missing that reporr, Gillard has showed a characteristic lack of political judgement.

Sign up Log out news. Unions can no longer use the fig leaf of class war, or the pretence that these private matters that will be settled internally. Third, reform of the relationship between unions and the ALP is long overdue. Thomson is on the cross-benches and he has crai to support the Labor Party. A future Coalition government is unlikely to be sympathetic to any requests by FWA for improved funding. Perhaps if the voice of workers had been heard some disasters may have been averted.

The regulator says the union committed breaches of the Registered Organisations Act – all civil penalties punishable by fine. Formal democratic procedures have failed to protect the interests of union members.