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THERMONUCLEAR: National Union of Workers state scrap plan in turmoil

nuwtrouble The proposal to scrap the smaller state branches of the National Union of Workers has ran into a serious legal hurdle.

Despite succeeding with a national ballot to scrap the WA, SA and Queensland branches earlier in the year, the Industrial Registrar has reportedly refused the bid by union national secretary Charlie Donnelly to press ahead with the rules changes that would give effect to the ballot.

The option is still open to Donnelly to pursue the issue on appeal to the Federal Court but some believe that unlikely given the emphatic rejection by the Registrar.

Half a million dollars has already been spent on getting the proposal approved and the state branches effected continue to oppose it, as could be expected.

The issue of the scrapping of the state branches is sure to be a live issue in the looming union national elections next year, with Donnelly facing a big push from the smaller but feisty NSW branch and their smaller state allies.

Legal insiders have expressed surprise at the Registrar’s decision although they say the national office’s approach to the issue was radical, pressing on without the consent of the state branches or the approval of the membership in each state. Interestingly the decision makes it clear that wasn’t the issue, it was the “oppressive” nature of the rules change in terms of its impact on the state branches which were to be scrapped without having much say in the operation of the General branch that was to replace them.

Perhaps this means the national office could press on with the rules change but only if they left the existing WA, SA and Queensland officials in charge of the general branch. And we cannot imagine Charlie Donnelly wanting that at all, especially now.

So it’s either back to the drawing board or off to court. No wonder Charlie’s been keen to delegate ALP political issues to his wily liege Antony Thow, the secretary of the Victorian branch of the union. He’s got a lot on his plate.

The Industrial Registrar’s decision is available here[pdf]


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    Posted by Never give up | June 15, 2009, 12:25
  2. Sorry was that National Union of Wankers?

    Posted by anon | June 15, 2009, 12:52
  3. We used to call them ‘stackers and wackers’ With good reason!

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | June 15, 2009, 14:04
  4. Nice one Errol Flynn Donnelly. You’ve really outdone yourself this time.
    Everything you touch, you fuck.

    Posted by Beaver Moustache Man. | June 15, 2009, 14:54
  5. Freaking funny! Can you believe it! All CD’s carry on – I have now joined another union – one that knows what is important – its members and not these stupid internal battles. All because CD and DB have borken up ;)

    Posted by hehe haha | June 15, 2009, 14:54
  6. Ah Charlie….is your arse stinging?????

    Posted by tHE jOKER | June 15, 2009, 15:01
  7. Hey Charlie – pay back the members money you wasted you dumb f#@K

    Posted by The Horny Duck | June 15, 2009, 15:02
  8. Does anyone know a good knife sharpener??? I know a back I want to stab……

    Posted by Thowy | June 15, 2009, 15:03
  9. hey Thowy….mate…I was only joking…it was all Charlie’s idea…he made he go ahead with it…he forced me man, it was him …all him!!!

    Posted by Timmy Hairy Arms | June 15, 2009, 15:05
  10. Charlie, what happened?
    Is there anyone with a job for a burnt out LUCRF WORKER looking for a job?

    Posted by QLD Unionist. | June 15, 2009, 15:08
  11. Charlie, where’s my job you promised? I’m way to talented to be stuck in a call centre forever.

    Posted by Labor 2 a T. | June 15, 2009, 15:16
  12. Guess all the Vics doing the rounds at interstate sites will have to pack the BBQ up and get the hell out of Dodge – read the current rules tools!

    Fancy telling members the rules were about to go through only for it to all fall in a steaming heap of Charlie mess.

    Talk about cart for the horse, hey CD.

    Posted by Never give up | June 15, 2009, 15:19
  13. QLD Unionist and Labor2aT, my heart bleeds for you, f3*#wits.

    Posted by Fuckknuckle. | June 15, 2009, 15:20
  14. If Charlie is a man of honour he would fall on his sword now and take his little mate Tim with him.

    Greg Sword better watch out Charlie may be looking for a job and has already stabbed him in the back once.

    Posted by sa member | June 15, 2009, 15:42
  15. I thought the job of a Union National Secretary was to unite the States and the members.
    This dickhead has completely done the reverse.
    Then again, I suppose we do live in the age of self-interest.

    Posted by Calvin. | June 15, 2009, 20:42
  16. The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

    Posted by Thomas. | June 15, 2009, 22:54
  17. Thomas: that’s the stupidest thing I have ever read….whats your point..? I forget.

    Posted by Labor Unity Insider | June 16, 2009, 10:10
  18. Labor Unity Insider,you sound like you either slap the salami to often or you’ve had one to many group-sex sessions with your L.U mates.

    Posted by Thomas. | June 16, 2009, 21:30
  19. Who cares about the nuw? It looks like the guys that run its national office are completely retarded. Ever hear about crossing your tee and doting your eyes? Idiots.

    Posted by chuck | June 17, 2009, 8:23
  20. you now have to go charlie and take tim, doug and anton with you

    having the numbers is not good enough

    you and your team have waisted enough of members money and should be accountable

    you have a call centre at you desposal to run a poll and you choose not to and your idea was rejected by each state….. what part of the bells and whistles didnt you guys hear

    do everyone a favour and FUCK OFF


    Posted by casper delegate qantas syd | June 17, 2009, 13:37
  21. Hey Chuck, get stuffed.

    Posted by Hung Dong Duke. | June 17, 2009, 16:46
  22. donnelly you are the cock up of all cock ups you wont be wasting any more of my money for crap like this i will be resigning today.

    Posted by victoria member not for long | June 18, 2009, 7:51
  23. I hear all the west aus members resigned can someone confirm this for me,if so chuckie should piss off and take his numb nut mates with him.

    Posted by south aus member | June 18, 2009, 7:59
  24. What will Donnelly do now? Will he take the decision to court to appeal it? If so, how much more money will that cost? The kitty must be emptying out at the NUW.

    What fantastic leadership unions have…..have a national ballot before you suss out if the results can actually be legally binding. Good one fellas…you are all geniuses.

    Posted by The Clam Man | June 18, 2009, 9:03
  25. Charlie’s arse muscles must be severely twitching.
    I’ve got the cure.

    Posted by Big Dong Doughnut Puncher. | June 18, 2009, 11:11
  26. Shut up and f#@k off all you QLD and NSW bastards.

    Posted by Dicklick Doug. | June 18, 2009, 20:55
  27. The poor old NUW obviously needs a new general secretary if its to get out of the poop.

    Posted by Natural selection | June 18, 2009, 23:31
  28. This story suggests that half a million dollars has been spent on this ridiculous idea. My sources say that figure is closer to 1.5 million.All of that wasted money and Donnelly is still no closer to achieving what he want’s.
    This idiot just does’nt get it.

    Posted by Calvin. | June 19, 2009, 11:39
  29. lets all vote for godfrey,theres a mouse in the house.

    Posted by victorian half wit | June 19, 2009, 14:35
  30. Go Godfrey!!!!!

    He couldn’t do any worse than the f**kwit there now!

    Posted by Darkie Dropper | June 19, 2009, 14:46
  31. charlie one last suck before you go.long live godfrey.

    Posted by thow'l taste | June 19, 2009, 15:10
  32. ouch

    Posted by The Horny Duck | June 19, 2009, 15:18
  33. Reading about Donnelly has done over the past few months, one would have to wonder if he is the full quid. He seems to be stumbling from one disaster to another.

    If he isn’t buggering up the ALP he’s butt-banging his own union.

    The guy needs a holiday or something.

    Posted by Poison Dwarf | June 20, 2009, 0:35
  34. Does this mean the NUW branch structure stays as it was before their referendum? How much did the whole process cost the members fo the union? I’m amazed that Charlie Donnelly hasnt resigned. He must have a hide as thick as a elephant.

    Posted by clipposaurus | June 21, 2009, 11:26
  35. what and replace him with the goose who supposedly in charge of the vic branch who himself has delivered nothing but losses in members and money…how about the retard who runs the central branch,,it just keeps getting better doesn’t it!

    Posted by misfit | June 21, 2009, 14:21
  36. Clipposaurus and misfit, you are both 100% correct.
    Donnelly,Kennedy and Thow, the 3 ambitious,anxious dwarfs are still trying to grill the whale.

    Posted by Beaver Moustache Man. | June 21, 2009, 20:48
  37. meanwhile who’s minding the members money certainly not chas and the vics,keep spending fellas then the taj mahal will crumble.then sword might have to be the shining light with the members super,its a roulette wheel of corrupt ambitious ‘arseholes.

    Posted by thowl taste | June 22, 2009, 23:49
  38. yeah stinks dun it.

    Posted by pharty pew | June 22, 2009, 23:51
  39. vote for me in the senate,and watch me bring you all down the cesspit,forget the union money forget your rights as a worker,and dont bother me with you democratic principles. eff you all….love thowey.

    Posted by thow'l taste | June 25, 2009, 16:07
  40. it was all thows ideas that put us in the shit,so to get rid of his stench we farmed him out to the alp.now where can we send chuckie babe,hey cossie have you got any vacancies in north queensland.

    Posted by tim hairy arms | June 26, 2009, 10:57


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