Yesterday nominations closed for the Victorian branch of the Australian Workers Union four yearly elections. The enlightened incumbent leadership of Cesar Melham was returned unopposed recognising his wise and patriotic administration.
In other union news, the National Union of Workers National Committee of Management again voted to proceed with plans to abolish all of its state branches other than New South Wales and Victoria.
The proposal – pushed by NUW National Secretary Charlie Donnelly – is a controversial one outside of Victoria as it is seen as a power-grab by the powerful Melbourne based NUW National office.
Defenders of the scheme say it is designed to focus the union’s resources on looking after members and minimising duplication
A ballot will be held among all NUW members to approve the plan. It is widely expected to pass because the biggest branch (Victoria) is expected to overwhelmingly support the measure.
Those opposed to the proposal say the NUW’s members in South Australia and Queensland will leave the union in protest if the Victorian dominated union approve it against their wishes. They say they will no longer have any real say over the affairs of their union if the abolition of the state branches proceeds.
One observer at the NCOM meeting said that “(Charlie) Donnelly looked out of sorts, nervous even as did his people. I don’t know whether he’s just reeling from all the ALP stuff, but he looked frazzled. Still, he must be confident to barrel ahead with this madness.”