ACTU Suspends HSU
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) issued a suspension notice to the Health Services Union (HSU). The decision came after ACTU officials met in Melbourne to deliberate on HSU’s fate.
HSU has figured in several controversies involving workplace breaches and financial mismanagement. The body is also facing investigation from Fair Work Australia and police probes in Victoria and NSW.
ACTU President Ged Kearney said the decision sends a strong message to HSU officials to come up with better governance procedures. Kearney added that the decision also aims to protect union members, adding that the body has zero tolerance on members getting involved in corruption issues.
The suspension of HSU meant that it will not be represented in the executive and ACTU Congress in May this year.
Although the decision to suspend HSU is not unanimous, ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said the body voted “overwhelmingly.” Unions Tasmania, HSU and small unions grouping were the ones who voted against the suspension of HSI.
Lawrence said that the suspension does not make any suggestion of guilt. The body also recognizes HSU’s efforts to address the issues.
He stressed that the decision is not merely a publicity stunt but a strong message to their ranks to remain faithful to their duties.
HSU represents more than 60,000 health workers in Australia. Its membership includes community and hospital health workers. The Australian Council of Trade is the governing body that represents workers in Australia.
ACTU said it will continue to monitor the developments of the situation. The body also said that it is open to discussing the future of HSU if the need arises.