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Queries over AWU membership numbers

AAP logoAAP 28/12/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

The Fair Work Commission has told two unions to get their books in order over discrepancies in membership numbers.

The Australian Workers Union has been told to prepare for an internal audit of membership from 2009 to 2014 after it admitted giving incorrect data in financial and annual reports.

The commission has been investigating compliance with requirements in the Registered Organisations Act since 2015.

According to an email to the union from the commission's director of regulatory compliance, Chris Enright, a preliminary review of the AWU showed financial reports used the exact same number of members from the previous annual return over the six years.

The financial officer who prepared the reports no longer works for the AWU and correct reporting methods are now used, acting AWU national secretary Daniel Walton replied.

He also said the union would discuss with the commission whether any remedial action was needed.

Mr Enright wrote that the "Commission does not currently have a sufficient level of confidence in the statutory membership reporting of the AWU" and advised it to prepare for an audit.

The Commission is also making inquiries with the Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia over its membership records.

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