Things are changing at the nationâ€™s most notorious union, the CFMEU Construction division. In WA, theyâ€™ve announced that Kevin Reynolds, known for his million-dollar penthouses, multi-million dollar pub joint ventures with bosses and fondness for Range Rovers, will be retiring at the end of this year.
Thereâ€™s also been plenty of speculation about Victoriaâ€™s equivalent Bill Oliver whoâ€™s been suffering from a very bad back, something we wouldnâ€™t wish on anyone, even him. As we have explained previously, the extremist union is an alliance with a splinter-right group in the Victorian ALP that is increasingly on the outer edges of the mainstream and are referred to by foes as â€œthe Talibanâ€ due to their fondness for beheading political enemies.
Heâ€™ll be throwing in the towel, VEXNEWS hears, late next year, handing over to John Sekta, currently an assistant secretary. John is said to be a reasonable chap, as you reasonable as you get at the notionally Maoist crime syndicate, although is thought to be â€œdatingâ€ mad-as-a-cut-snake blue-eyed firebrand Emma Walters who worked at the union before being farmed out to the unionâ€™s law firm, the highly prosperous listed company Slater & Gordon.
Walters is thought to covet a seat in state Parliament and given her history of swapping unions, factions, partners (usually work colleagues) and such she could well end up in the National Party, when all is said and done.
While Slaters can be criticised for this and that, their defenders say that at least theyâ€™re not attacking the whole system of workers compensation that has so enriched them, in the manner of rival firm, Maurice Blackburn. Raised eyebrows all round on that one.