Last Friday I wrote to the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission Ms Bernadette O'Neill reporting an apparent discrepancy in the Transport Workers Union, NSW Branch's report regarding its membership numbers.
Ms O'Neill has not answered my email or acknowledged receipt of it. Perhaps you might have someone check to see that everything is OK at the Commission and if so perhaps they could let you or me know what they are doing about this matter.
On 22 July 2014 this article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, it includes a claim that the TWU NSW branch has "amended" its member numbers from more than 38,000 down to 17,800. The report quoted a "TWU spokesman" who said the union had ''amended'' its affiliation to NSW Labor ''in line with a clarification of party requirements''.
On 24 March 2014 the secretary of the TWU NSW Branch Mr Wayne Forno made a statutory declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1958 that the branch had 43,835 members. That declaration is filed with the Fair Work Commission here.
Is the Fair Work Commission investigating the matter?
I propose to treat this email to you as an open and public communication and to publish it and any reply I receive.