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POWER MAD: Jackson desperate to seize power in Sydney

The merger of the Health Services Union’s dysfunctional and financially challenged Victorian branch and the ACT and NSW branches was the catalyst for elevating its internal messy ethical issues into a fully-fledged thermo-nuclear explosion for the entire labour movement. It has provided the basis for Tony Abbott to tightly regulate the internal affairs of unions in a way he would probably have been disinclined to do otherwise after what most think will be an election win next year (if not sooner)

Scandalously, the amalgamation, designed to promote its Victorian back room boss Kathy Jackson to a more prominent post within the HSU while protecting her backers from opponents who collectively got nearly two-thirds of the vote in the Victorian branch elections, was never put to members of the HSU for their consideration. No ballot. No vote. No consultation.

Organisationally, it also got the debt-riddled Victorian branch out of a massive financial hole, after rorting and mega-bucks legal challenges took their toll. No-one has adequately explained to VEXNEWS why the NSW boss Mike Williamson agree to the merger but it was almost certainly the biggest mistake of his life.

From the get-go, it seems, Jackson was intent on sniffing out every piece of dirt she could find on Williamson in an effort to seize total control of the branch and he obligingly seemed to provide her with quite a lot of ammunition. The fact that there were serious charges of impropriety, even money laundering, against her presented no impediment to a woman most in the labour movement now presume to be a psychiatrically disturbed, delusional, thieving megalomaniac.

To be sure, Jackson has never been more isolated, with every state branch (all of them with no history of supporting Mike Williamson or the Labor Right) having had enough of her. The NSW Labor Council and Victorian Trades Hall have booted the union, the latter also punting her as Vice-President of Trades Hall on Friday. The ACTU has done the same. Blogger Andrew Crook revealed on Friday that even her former new-found allies at the NUW (once sworn enemies) have publicly disavowed her as a disgrace. Crook incorrectly described Hume councillor and Labor numbers-man Burhan Yigit as a Jackson crony, those more familiar with internal party matters say he is in the orbit of Adem Somyurek, the Labor shadow Manufacturing minister and MLC and that he works at the NUW-linked industry fund, LUCRF.

The only ally she has left it seems is Senator David Feeney, who has shown impressive (we would say blind) loyalty in standing by her publicly despite the gravely serious corruption charges against her. “Dance with the ones that brung ya,” he might say if inclined to quote the late President Reagan, as he occasionally is.

Feeney has actively helped Jackson and her former husband for many years, with campaign fundraising and such. Sources close to him say he is greatly troubled by the recent turn of events but isn’t about to give up his friends, in any circumstances.

His one-time close associations with Sussex Street though have probably been unrecoverably damaged by this saga.

Even now, with the Court on the verge of appointing an Administrator on the worst joke in Australian union history, Jackson is still on a maniacal quest for power, insisting, against all logic, and democratic principle, that the HSUeast be kept just the way it is so she can run in elections for it against whoever current NSW officials put up at union election time.

Her thinly disguised ambitions must send a shiver down the spines of those in Sydney who regard her as a carcinogen that could taint Labor and trade unions’ “brand” in New South Wales permanently.

“You’d think with Victoria Police investigating money laundering and theft allegations against her that she’d back off, but it seems she lives on the rarefied air of Planet Jackson, with oxygen charitably provided by your mate David Feeney,” one Sydney Labor identity explained.


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  1. Why is it that when Labor politicians or Labour Unions have scandals about sleaze and/or corruption it is always the ‘Right’ wing? Is the Left really so pure? It certainly appears so. Is all the talent in the Left? See Combet, Butler, Tanner and Plibersek as good examples of competent Ministers getting buried under all the merde of this ‘Right’ dominated party. See in South Australia Weatherill promoted to Premier despite falling short on the numbers. Should the Right get out of the Party. Discuss.

    Posted by Reggie | April 30, 2012, 11:15
  2. Everyone is talking about KJ’s pay packet from HSU. What about the $100K she gets on top of that from Health Super for being on the board. No wonder she had written into the EBA that employers & employees are only to use industry super funds (i.e. HEALTH SUPER or Hesta). I wonder if she gets a kick back from Heata? It wouldn’t surprise me if she did!

    Posted by Nini10 | April 30, 2012, 13:13
  3. Wow, I just get interest free loans from my union to purchase ETU branded swags and fridges and sell them to the members at a huge marked up prices and then keep the profit, Kathy makes me look like an amateur

    Posted by Dean Mighell | April 30, 2012, 13:20
  4. tony abbott wants to regulate unions internal affairs god help VIC ETU corrupt and rotten to the core.trust funds,coburg fc,aberfeldie fc,credit cards,she males london,trips to america,light globes,motor bikes,coward worthless son’s trip to london paid by ETU,self funded trip to france like fuck.thats why he is on extended leave.trying to buy plumbing officals to stop the books being audited.see you july 16th federal court.

    Posted by jimmy | April 30, 2012, 13:21
  5. @ Reggie, Plibersek is not a competent minister.

    Posted by The Truth | April 30, 2012, 17:10
  6. Reggie
    What about the BLF, Painters & Dockers, CFMEU & ETU? No problems or legal cases with any of them?
    And the Metal Workers nearly went under with faction fighting around Workers First Group?
    And Les Butler had a scandal or three!

    Posted by Richard Nixon | April 30, 2012, 21:09
  7. Jimmy, got no work to do boss? Buying plumbing officials eh, they probably need the money.

    Posted by Heard it all before. | April 30, 2012, 21:52
  8. “Her thinly disguised ambitions must send a shiver down the spines of those in Sydney who regard her as a carcinogen that could taint Labor and trade unions’ “brand” in New South Wales permanently.”

    Hahahahahahahahahah LMFAO!!

    I think it they were pretty f*cked long before Kathy started her antics. If the NSW Right and their crony unions are casting around for villains there would be an infinite cast of ‘colourful characters’ before they get to Kathy LOL

    Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2012, 21:58
  9. Too busy dean.i am off to FRANCE in my fake army pants with coward worthless and his son. all paid by the ETU. sorry SELF-FUNDED by stolen levy that was for the elecraft workers at the RCH.PLUS WE GET TO USE THE ETU CREDIT CARD also.see you in federal court july 16th.

    Posted by jimmy | May 1, 2012, 18:01
  10. Reggie, Tanner was a heavy hitter, but the others you name are definitely not. What the government needs are heavy hitters who promote the government and can demolish not just their opposition frontbencher, but the whole Opposition. ALby, Swan,Smith, Shorten & Emerson are the heavy hitters. We need more such Ministers not people with promise and those who have been Ministers for too long and are just coasting.

    Posted by Reggie 2 | May 1, 2012, 19:54
  11. Tanner was heavy hitter. The others Reggie mentions are not and nowhere near good enough to be regarded as important for labor’s electoral prospects.

    Posted by Analyst | May 1, 2012, 20:04
  12. Posted by Reggie 2 | May 1, 2012, 19:54 Albanese a load of piss and wind, stands for nothing. Swan always sounds like a nervous school boy, Smith is a lightweight, Shorten……no comment but Julia should have told him to piss off the night he tapped on her door and said “how about we roll Kev”. Emerson another lightweight free trade promoting lackey. If these are the hope of the side then the ALP is in far worse trouble than even I ever imagined. There is not one politician in the ALP I can think of that has the capacity of a Hawke or a Keating, a Whitlam or even a Latham. Most of them are self serving hacks who do not have a labour value between them. No courage, no ideas, and clearly no shame!

    Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012, 20:25
  13. Reggie 2. No F@#king idea son. The people you mention are the very lead in the saddlebags of the ALP, capable of hobbling Black Cavier.
    Richard Nixon, who is Les Butler? The Butler i refer to is Mark Butler Minister for Aged Care and Mental issues.Why isnt Mark Dreyfus put up the front? Get rid of the Fergusons, O’Connors etc etc. There is a reason Howard stayed in power so long. All those duds were the opposition. Discuss.

    Posted by Reggie | May 3, 2012, 17:24
  14. It looks like my Hawke disease has gone into the HSU!

    Posted by Alex Hawke | May 5, 2012, 19:12


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