There is never a dull moment at the Victorian branch of the Health Services Union, which patriotically represents thousands of health workers under the enlightened leadership of Jeff Jackson.
Yesterday, long-time officials of the union, including popular figure Terrie Seymour, were sacked by the Branch Committee of Management, which is currently controlled by Jackson foe, Pauline Fegan, who is currently under suspension after allegations of bullying and harassment were made against her by union staff. The decisions to sack the unionists was contentious with nine votes in favour against six.
But this decision, dubbed anti-worker by Jackson’s supporters, was quickly overturned by patriot union members at a general meeting today. Jackson’s opponents dispute whether that meeting was properly constituted and is able to overturn BCom decisions anyway. Some think it is a cunning ploy by Jeff, a shrewd and wily operator, to encourage Fegan into the courts where she could be mowed down by the machine gun power of his legal team.
Either way, union elections are eighteen months off and the usual arsenal of lawyers, guns and money is being assembled by the warring clans.
Wiser heads are hopeful though that a peace deal will be negotiated.