Whistleblower claims mining union is corrupt

A FORMER mining union executive turned whistleblower is vowing to support a Royal Commission into unions, claiming to have evidence of corruption and illegal industrial action.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union former senior vice president Stuart Vaccaneo has reportedly turned on the union, to now support an inquiry proposed by the Federal Government.

Mr Vaccaneo was a well-known union figure and advocate in Central Queensland's mining industry, known to publicly criticising mining companies, particularly in 2009 when the sector was temporarily bruised by the Global Financial Crisis and jobs were lost.

The Australian is reporting Mr Vaccaneo left the union and was successful in winning compensation after suffering a breakdown.

The CFMEU is now attempting to have the decision reversed through the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

In the report, the former executive accused the union of corruptly running elections for full-time officials and described the CFMEU's mining division as "nothing but a mob of standover merchants".

A spokesman for the CFMEU mining division said it would not respond to the complaints.

"They are not new - some of them are the subject of court hearings and other investigations," he said.

"The CFMEU is fully cooperating with investigations and will comment further once they're resolved."

On Tuesday, following allegations of corruption and bribery relating to the CFMEU's construction division, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters the government was preparing a judicial inquiry into union funds.



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