Bill Shorten to front Royal Commission

Bill Shorten to front Royal Commission

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is facing the Royal Commission in to Trade Union Governance and Corruption today.

Mr Shorten will be quizzed for up to six hours, over a deal he struck while leader of the Victorian and national branches of the Australian Workers Union.

The commission has been investigating an industrial agreement struck between major construction firm Thiess John Holland and the AWU.

It will question Mr Shorten over allegations he used such agreements to boost the political power of the union and himself, at the expense of members.

The company allegedly paid the AWU nearly $300 thousand after an agreement on workplace flexibility saved the project close to $100 million.

The commission has been told this deal allowing the builder to effectively work around the clock, by cutting conditions around rostering and weekend work.

The Opposition Leader has spent the past week re-examining his deal-making history and maintains he has done nothing improper, and has only ever contributed to the wellbeing of workers.

Mr Shorten has released a statement overnight, saying he relishes the opportunity “to talk about every Australian’s right to a good, safe job with proper pay and conditions”.

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