Clean Sweep for health union
A new secretary with no links to the former, disgraced leadership of the Health Services Union has been elected to run one of its two Victorian branches.
Craig McGregor and his Clean Sweep team were elected on Monday to run the Victorian HSU No 3 branch, which represents physiotherapists, radiographers and other health professionals. They defeated a team led by Fleur Behrens, after a count by the Australian Electoral Commission.
The HSU No 3 branch is the smallest of the three branches that are electing new leadership teams, in the wake of the Craig Thomson and Michael Williamson scandals.
The union was placed into administration in June.
The results from the much larger New South Wales HSU branch are likely to be finalised soon.
Voting in the Victorian No 1 branch has been delayed due to a legal challenge by one of the candidates for secretary, former Darebin mayor Diana Asmar.
Around 60 per cent of the HSU No 3 branch's 3500 members turned out to vote, with Mr McGregor and his running mate Geraldine Brooks elected with a clear margin.
Mr McGregor said the priority would be getting the union's disillusioned members back on board.
"We need to start looking around and taking measures to implement transparency and openness and accountability," he said. "We need to have a lot of scrutiny, especially on the secretary."
Mr McGregor said that the HSU had been "run backwards" in recent years.
"We need to make sure it works the way it's meant to work, so that the secretary does not run the show instead of the members, which is what's happened in the last few years," he said.