19 thoughts on “HSU whistleblower Kathy Jackson caught out at Royal Commision”

  1. Hi Robbo,
    Good to be back online.
    Re: the use of public monies by so-called good, honest persons in seats of authority:
    Clearly, persons deemed with administration and protection of our public property and funds believes it to be available to anyone in Government and/or other areas who can access our money/information (including cooking the books and processing forms which is a large part of the issue to – although the REAL issue is bad faith/corruption/deception and INTENT) THEIRS, not OURS.
    Jail them.
    I have observed may politicians etc get away with these things spanning many years.
    If it was you or me I know where we would be holidaying.

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  2. When I was a young fella- only 21 years old , in 1985 , I was employed in a very large public hospital, I worked on the then minimum wage of five dollars and hour, as a hospital orderly wardsman and cleaner. Part of the conditions of employment back in this very large public hospital was the closed shop compulsory contribution out of our small minimum wage, of union fees payable to what was then called The Hospital Employees Federation or HEF- Victorian Branch. This powerful hospital trade union was at this time run by a union boss called Jeff Jackson. Some years later this hospital union was renamed as the Victorian Health Services Union, HSU- and then again its name changed to The Victorian Heath Professionals Association. An attempt to make this Hospital union that represents the lowest paid workers in Hospital, have a new image, because of this heath unions corrupt past !……..Back in 1985 when Jackson was the boss union shop steward, if a Victorian Public Hospital worker refused to join this then militant union, the hospital worker would be black banned by the head union shop steward . And no one would work with you, and the worker was bullied, given all the worst jobs in the hospital and ostracized by other union member hospital workers. The advise giving to me as a bottom of the ladder- low paid worker by the shop steward at that time in 1985, was that I either join the Hospital Employees Federation, which is now better known as the HSU ! Or he will make sure that I am stood down from my employment as a work place SCAB! Meaning in a threatening manner to me that no one that is not in his union will last long in the job!……So I took his compulsory union joining advise, in order to keep my job, and avoid being hassled and hopefully left alone to just do my job !………I did this low paid cleaning job for about 3 years and then just resigned, I had had a gut full of The militant shop stewards being in control of every thing that went on at the Hospital. And their were always blanket work bans and stop work meeting and strikes. What really pissed me off was that as low level wage earner, doing mundane boring cleaning, work, for all the Unions power, we lackys still only got a pay rise of six dollars an hour, and union fees deducted automatically from our wages.
    Now their was several hundred workers at this Large Public Hospital, and that was a lot of money being milked out of every compulsory union member employee. Also years later I found out after I had resigned from this Hospital, that many bosses had a good gravy train, robbing the union funds, corruptly getting expensive renovations done on their homes and with lifestyle way above what their bosses salary would have been at that time.!………….So the point to what I am saying here is that just look at has been happening in just the recent years of the Hospital Service Uneion under Kathy Jackson and the others on criminal corruption charges right up the top of the Union!.
    Minimum wage employees, pay out there weekly union fees, to hopefully to get workplace condition rights, but are still shafted and un fairly sacked by the bosses in charge. And worst of all stealing the money from these union fees, to use on their own greedy spend feasts! And what angers me more than these high profile union bosses, militant ways they operate and steal, is that they insult low paid workers even more by being promoted to positions of ultimate power, like heads of their chosen union and some even become involved in politics and get voted into government ! And then there are the powerful militant old Builders Labourers Union now called the CMFEU !……Which are racketeering , controlling work site in construction and union members that have very close connections with colourful characters of 1%Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs and figures of Organised crime ! I have become very anti Union Movement because of the bad experiences that I had in my younger work life. And further more what ever job I have been working for since, has always had a very unhealthy influence by Unions. They take the workers fees, and in the end the average low paid worker is now better off – unless your mates with a shop steward!……………………………..I will never join another union ever again. I don’t trust them anymore!…………….One of the reasons that I didn’t last to many years in the Victorian Prison Service is because I would not join their Union!.!………As the union say – No ticket- No Start!………

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    1. hi steve, ur spot on, I refused to join a union I operated a wrapper for large steel pipes [water, sewage ect. only 2 of us new how to operate them, i was the only 1 not in the union I hate unions for the reasons u mentioned, .they did nothing about it coz I was indispencible at the time. I stuck to my princibles. As soon as the contract finished I got turfed. This has been going on since the year dot. Unions Stink.

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  3. Hi former H.M Pentridge Warden. I concur with everything you have said. My good friend George was a Shop Steward at a Sydney Hospital.He tried to fight them and lost. One thing he said was that they were some of the most corrupt people he had ever seen and his comments to me years ago aligns almost exactly with what you have said. They are toxic and as “simple” officials were earning more than Doctors, all stolen from members for whom they won the worst and stingiest pay rises and terrible improvements to conditions.

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  4. The power play and the threats, corruption kickbacks, blockades against certain contractors , by black banning them from the building site by the powerful untouchable union heads of the CMFEU, using Union Heavy John Setka who was once a union boss with the corrupt BLF- Builders Labourers Federation, with Norm Gallagher who built himself a beach house from Union slush funds from the BLF- which was renamed the militant CMFEU which controlled all the work site of the Pentridge Prison redevelopment for building multi high rise town houses.. And a shifty protection, pay for peace racket was being enforced by union intimidation , with a one time colourful underworld connection enforcer – industrial mediator and crane owner named Mick Gatto, who was collecting protection for industrial peace of $50,000 per problem., in cohorts with the CMFEU Union and they have been getting away with this hush money from slush funds to maintain industrial peace for many years. Legal extortion and racketeering !…….From the money collected from Union Fees !……………

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  5. How are you Bill, yeah mate, the union bosses only feather their own nest, and rob the workers at the expence of saying they help their lacky low paid workers. You would remember the days of the old Melbourne waterfront worker union- The Painters and dockers heavies , collecting heaps of ghost pay packets for not even going to the docks only on pay-day and double dipping with the union organisers pay packets, without really doing any work. And if a rival docker step out of line and didn’t do as they were told and go with the flow they would end up getting a good bashing, knee capped or go missing in Port Phillp Bay in concrete boots. And the modern day CMFEU would do the same to their enemy if the could still operate the same today as the Federated Ship Builders Painters and Docker did as a law of their own. The only difference today, is the Unions instead of collecting ghost pay packets, they are even more greedy and have secret cashed up slush funds and very high gravy train union organiser salaries to rort like a pigs snout in the trough filled by and payed for by their lackys payday union fees!…. No Ticket- No start!…The Dockers used to be a home to Melbournes notorious colourful criminals and standover men, many who had done time in H.M.Pentridge or were still in Pentridge ,like the Faure Family and the Kane Brothers,as the Dockers union muscle enforcers!…………………. The unions today are also full of criminals, but the limp wristed type, educated at university type white collar accountants or lawyers, that often go on to become the countries senior Politicians and political leaders in Australia !………This Cathy Jackson madam- is no different to the old black beanie or balaclaver or crash helmet wearing bank Armed Robber in a boiler suit or combination overalls. Only the modern union rorter, don’t get their hands dirty anymore and instead of using a sawn off shotgun to rob, uses a secret union funds cheque book a computer and a good corrupt union accountant to rob the slush funds from the indispencible or expendable poor bastards who out of fear of being black banded or being labelled a Dog or a Scab, handover there union fees from their minimum wage to provide the kick backs to the shop stewards and give them a fancy lifestyle. One more thing from my experience doing low paid shit jobs, I once had a labourers union shop steward who was with the BLF- Builders Labourers Union that because I would not join his union, purposely ordered me to work in a confined space wrapping and cutting up asbestos covered lagging on steam pipes in plant rooms. When I was only a young fellow, I didn’t then no the dangers of working with asbestos. For months I was made work in these unsafe conditions. The point is the BLF or CMFEU, as they call themselves today are all about occupational health and safety- this was not always the case, as I once had to labour in very unsafe work conditions, to keep a un-skilled labouring job!……And because I was not a paying union ticket holder, the shop stewards bullied me and they treated me like a piece of shit, and on purpose shafting me to do un safe jobs that the union members would not do !…………I have never trusted any of the unions since my time as a young fellow in the work force!….And once a bloke is branded a Scab , he is just known by the other workers as a Dog, and it makes it very hard to stay and hold a job or find and get future jobs, where closed shop union membership is just the way they make their militant stand against, non union workers !……………………………………………….

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  6. Unions aint what they used to be…Although who remembers the Painters and Dockers Union.Prepared to kill each other over who’s boss, lot of ego and power, I don’t mind ego, I get pissed off at the greed and ease at which they dive into the trough to gorge themselves and think they are entitled. How dare they be questioned!

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  7. The Commancheos OMG, very close ties with the CMFEU, are not good for the Labor governments chances of getting the control back of Victoria….. But the rich conservatives anti Union breakers, cant be trusted either, just look at the ex N.S.W. Grange Hermitage- Liberal Premier. And our only choices of corrupt governments are the choice of the OMG Outlaws bikers and there corrupt unions of the ALP running the country or the greedy, rich, toffy plum, hate the working class batters, un-employed and pensioners. I will voting for none of the above slime bags in power!.
    There all full of rot and corruption. and rorting scandals, feathering their own nests of power. Who needs any of them, controlling us!………A kindergarten of kiddies, would have more trust and common sense, than these shifty union backed politicians. Why that gangster Joe Hockey wants us all to work until 70 years old and tighten our belts while he smokes his Cuban cigar.
    This countries greedy few, ride on the back of the poor. None of them can be trusted. And with election time in Victoria upon us all again, with endless political spin junk mail, full of promises and better political leaders. All a pack of lies, while they all keep riding the gravy train at the expense of ordinary people continuing to struggle everyday……….. Funny how a polly is never from the homeless or people sacked from their jobs. But the Unions always have plenty of money in the trough to fight their corruption battles, which keeps the Liberals secure in their rich conservative power over us all!…………Who needs any of these parasites, in government. Sack them all…………………………

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  8. There’s a lot of very good Unions out there and Union Reps…..unpaid, who work hard for the members as well as the non members who are happy to go along for the free ride.

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  9. Do you think I give a shit what you think about the good unions have done……. And I didn’t go along for a free ride either, I paid Unions dues for a while, but I never got any help from them, so I pulled out from them. The mug I spoke about in my post above, made my life miserable, working with asbestos, while he and his other Union Shop steward, stood around doing nothing, chain smoking, while I was breathing in asbestos dust. Real good honest- unpaid unions that are full of the Outlaw Biker too. The unions today are just greedy money grabbers, on their way into politics.
    I NEVER JOIN A union ever again!,,, They wont have me marching with them for solidarity , and we built this city- CMFEU- Southern Cross flag motto, lead by John Setka..and his Outlaw biker boys, greasing the palms of the Australia Labour Party…..

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    1. No, I suppose you don’t give shit about those people who do it for nothing.

      You sure have had a bad run. Bashed and abused at work by colleagues and others….bashed off work, and given every shit job imaginable in multiple work places. I hope that turns around for you one day.

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  10. Shes got that same smart arse smug look that creep Craig Thompson has on his face he got a pathetic 12mth suspended sentence and hes walking free she most likely will get another weak pathetic slap on the wrist she needs a good slap to the face how dare she who the hell does she think she is what a sneaky,greedy,deceitful bitch she obviously has no consience whatsoever a very dangerous peice of work I hope she looses everything people like Craigy and her should be kneecapped. I had to laugh when he said Id like to thank my wife and my ex omg there really are women like that.

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  11. Spot on there Reagan, she has that Im untouchable with my good lawyers getting me off expression on her face, just a Craig Thompson was never going to go to prison, arrogance about him outside court. The Unions have nothing but their greedy selves to blame with their spend feast slush funds, and the growing decline in Union membership. Many workers just don’t trust them anymore, just like the turds in politics, cant be trusted!…. They just want to make cuts to the low income battlers but continue lining their own pockets with perks!………..Union backed ALP, or rich arse Liberals, that protected Geoff Shaw from being charged for rorting a government car for his hardware business, while sacking his own staff, that blew the whistle on him!….. I going to vote- informal or donkey at the next State Victorian election…… Can we be any worse off, the way they all waste money on voting advertising to get their greedy arses back in power. Their all showbags, promising this and that, with really only their own interests in mind to keep their high tax payer funded comfy pollys and Unionist jobs!………. These shifty stealing shysters running the Unions and Government, with all their false promises of Spin and more lying Spin doctoring to grab, and suck in the publics votes at election time, cant be trusted not to waste and spend public money on their own extravagant lifestyles of spend up big, and razor cut the poor!…………….
    To hell with the lot of them!……………….

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  12. Cathy Jackson or Craig Thompson wont have to ever worry about having to line up at theJoe Hocky Centrelink office to apply for 40 jobs a week and work for the dole. Their Unions and the ALP- will take care of them to see they don’t do it tough!………..In the Liberal razor cuts to the age of entitlement!. while the un-employed and retrenched from work people continue to be the losers and get the shit end of the stick!………………………..

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  13. Very true ex P.O you have reminded me in a realistic way how powerless the unions can be.I paid union fees in the early 80s for 10 yrs and the one time I needed the union they had no power and were unable to help and so I had to pay an industrial relations solicitor which worked successfully in the end for me.

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