Remember Kathy Jackson’s $270K salary, which even she admitted was obscene? Turns out the “external report” paid for by union members to justify the 100%+ increases was written by her mate Beth Jensen, the wife of her long-time lawyer and family friend David Langmead.
Not much of what’s been reported so far is new but what stood out is that Mike Williamson’s salary at nearly $400K, and other salaries (like Kathy Jackson and Marco Bolano on $286K and $200K per annum) were massively increased after a review by Beth Jensen, the partner of David Langmead.
Commissioning external reviews of salaries “remuneration reports” is a pretty standard corporate trick for giving a board of directors cover when awarding massive pay increases to company executives. They normally cost an arm and a leg. It’s called ‘value billing.’ Invariably they recommend increases. Often the firm doing the review expects to get other work from those whose increases they’ve justified. In Jackson’s case, in the now well-established pattern of her leadership of the HSU, she got a mate to do the dirty work.
David Langmead is a barrister but is much more than just Kathy Jackson’s favoured lawyer, he has been a Jackson family consigliere and legal adviser for two decades.
Jackson is truly a shameless and venal piece of work. Because she was first to attack her fellow HSU rorters, some in the Sydney shockjock media seem to think she’s a whistleblower. But as the truth of the matter has slowly come out, she barely ranks as the spittle in the whistle.
News last week that’s worth noting for those who missed it is that Jackson has revealed she plans to move to Sydney (possibly selling her multi-million dollar Balwyn compound paid for with HSU members’ money) to run in the NSW branch of the union.
As she’s never worked in the industry, has never even lived in the state of New South Wales before but has fleeced the union for two decades, she considers herself highly qualified to seize control of the union.
Also notable was Jackson’s admission that Fair Work Australia Vice-President Michael Lawler, a former Opus Dei member who had a spectacular mid-life crisis before hooking up with Kathy Jackson, who is paid $8,000 per week by taxpayers, is funding her litigation to appeal the Federal Court decision to terminate her from one of the highest paying salaries in the history of Australian unionism and appoint an Administrator to restructure and clean up the epic corruption she left behind.