Australian Workers Union

Kathy Jackson wants more than $300,000 from HSU

Heath Aston Whistleblower Kathy Jackson is demanding more than $300,000 from the Health Services Union.

Paul Howes expected to stand down from union movement

Paul Howes

Australia's highest profile unionist, Paul Howes, is expected to announce his resignation from the union movement on Monday.

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Slush fund royal commission: the labour movement faces its demons

March starting at the Parliament House in Perth by Western Australian Unions.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.

Union insiders helping slush fund investigation

Senator Eric Abetz

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Senior labour movement insiders have broken ranks to offer unprecedented co-operation to the Abbott government ahead of its royal commission on union slush funds and corruption.

Bill Shorten caught in the glare of Tony Abbott's 'great big spotlight'

Abbott

James Massola, Sean Nicholls, Josh Gordon Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised to shine a ''great big spotlight'' on union corruption and accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of protecting his allies in the trade union movement, rather...

PM signals powerful union probe

Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola Josh Gordon Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.

Abbott swoops on union graft

Abbott

James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine slush funds, corruption and malfeasance in the union movement.

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CFMEU corruption and bribery allegations play into government's hands

Senator Eric Abetz

James Massola Evidence of bribery and links between the powerful construction union, bikies, organised crime and companies seeking work on large private and government building projects could not have come at a...

The union movement is facing tough times

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Anne Davies Sex on the union credit card. Bribery, kickbacks, bikies and stand-over tactics. Slush funds and favours for mates.

Does all the bad news spell the unions' demise?

The Age 23/1/2014 Kathy Jackson arrives at the at the Magistrates Court as a witness in the Craig Thomson case. Photo Jason South

Anne Davies Bribery, kickbacks, bikies and standover tactics. Sex on the union credit card. Slush funds and favours for mates.

Shorten calmed the madding crowd once, can he do it again?

Tony Wright dinkus.

Tony Wright It was just another night in a pub in the tough little town of Beaconsfield when things turned ugly. It was to become a peculiar test for a union chief named Bill Shorten.

The rise and fall of Julia Gillard

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Peter Hartcher In the fourth part of a five-part investigation, Peter Harcher reveals that factors that led to the downfall of Australia's first female prime minister,

Unions rebuff plea to fortify Labor war chest

Paul Howes

Peter Hartcher One of the country's biggest trade unions has proposed that all major unions donate extra funds to help the beleaguered Gillard government fight for re-election, but has failed to win support.

Game changer

warren mundine

He switched allegiances from the Labor Party to the Liberals and has the ear of Tony Abbott. Welcome to Warren Mundine's new world.

'Showbag' to showpiece, a journey facing 'PM-to-be'

shorten

Bill Shorten's enemies - and he made a few on his journey through the union movement, becoming invested with the prediction that he would be a prime minister one day - used to call him ''Showbag...

Job fears as Qantas scrutinises engineers

Qantas.

Clay Lucas Qantas has announced it will ''review'' the work done by 300 remaining engineers, maintenance staff and contractors at Avalon Airport in Victoria, a move that will likely lead to most of them being...

Unions hail all-clear in report

ACTU.

Ben Schneiders Unions say they have been vindicated by a report on union governance that was commissioned after the Health Services Union corruption scandals.

Coalition decries union 'whitewash'

Eric Abetz,

Ben Schneiders Unions say they have been vindicated by a report into union governance commissioned after the Health Services Union scandals.

Gillard gave support for union group's registration

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Mark Baker A trade union association from which hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen by a former boyfriend of PM was registered only after Ms Gillard vouched for its legitimacy to West Australian...