Union supports ACTU action at Royal Commission

The Transport Workers' Union fully supports the ACTU action at the Royal Commission and is among the unions which will be represented by their application.

The TWU should never have been brought before the Royal Commission, which has been a disgraceful waste of taxpayers' money and hardworking transport workers' union fees, said Tony Sheldon, TWU National Secretary.

"Last year Minister for Employment Eric Abetz was forced to apologise after he wrongly claimed I admitted using TWU members' money to fund a Health Services Union election," he said.

"Then the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently cleared another claim against the TWU after it found there was no anti-competitive agreements with Toll.

"Finally, the Royal Commission in a recent report said 'the TWU deserves commendation' for investigating and acting on improper conduct by officials in our Western Australia branch," he said.

"The questions we were forced to answer at the Royal Commission had no basis yet we have been forced to spend more than $1 million in legal fees and resources. We demand that this money should be returned to our union so it can be used to improve the lives of transport workers and their families," Sheldon added.