ACTU slams government over proposed Royal Commission

ACTU slams government over proposed Royal Commission

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has criticised the Federal Government’s call for a royal commission in to union corruption, following allegations of corruption in the construction sector.

An investigation by the ABC and Fairfax media was made public yesterday, alleging union officials in the CFMEU have formed corrupt relationships with organised crime figures.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated a royal commission in to union corruption may be launched, and has again indicated his desire to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

ACTU President Ged Kearney has condemned the allegations of corruption, but says a royal commission is unnecessary, labelling it a witch-hunt against unions.

It comes as veteran CFMEU official Brian Fitzpatrick has revealed he received death threats, after he raised concerns about some of his colleagues helping notorious crime figure George Alex gain work on a construction site.

But National Secretary of the CFMEU Dave Noonan has told Channel Nine this morning, the union dealt with the allegations at the time they were made.

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