Working Class Hero

Posted: June 8, 2012 in HSU Saga, Politics

Sometimes I wonder what the best job in the world would be. Maybe you’ve done the same.

President of the USA? Nah, too much pressure.

Rock Star? Too much liver damage, and too many penicillin shots

Working for the Health Services Union? Too much backstabbing and dodgy dealings.

So, how about being paid to not work at the HSU? That sounds pretty good to me. Even I could handle that. You don’t even have to crawl out of bed for that job…

Unfortunately, that role is already taken, the lucky HSU employee’s name is Rob Elliot.

Rob resigned from the HSU back in 2002, allegedly with a bit of a nudge and wink, and really hit the jackpot. You see, it seems Rob was too valuable to lose completely, so he kind of stayed… well, collected pay and benefits anyway.

Union members will be pleased to know their hard earned dollars, paid out in union fees are being used to secure the talents of somebody who is clearly quite vital, even when he doesn’t show up.

You would also be pleased to know that Rob has been on the payroll, without the need to show up, or do anything at all for 10 years now. Money well spent indeed.

Living in “Jacksonville” clearly has its privileges. Details are sketchy in regards to what wage Rob was paid for staying in bed up until 24/5/10, but after that we have some idea, as a new agreement was reached. Some of Rob’s entitlements include:

A salary that starts at $150K

Salary adjusted by percentage amount to CPI change on 1/10 each year (more than nurses in NSW and Vic now receive under a Coalition govt)

9% Superannuation to Rob’s choice of fund

Continued HSU nomination to HESTA Board, where he retains all fee’s and payments approx $30,000 pa

Credit of all unused sick leave and annual leave (is this meant to be ironic?) since his resignation in 2002, and also 1.71 weeks long service leave credited for each year since his resignation as well.


Who in their right minds would authorise such madness?

Who would have such utter contempt and disdain for their members, and such a lack of care for the unions finances?

No prizes for guessing this one…

Kathy Jackson signed off on this absolute travesty of course, and although Jackson likes to say I am part of a Michael Williamson conspiracy, and am singing to his tune, you will be interested to know that Williamson’s signature is on the deal also.

Sorry Kathy, now you are going to have to find a conspiracy about me that doesn’t involve Williamson, or Elvis.


Unless of course you suggest that I met with Williamson, Elliott, Mylan, Elvis, Jack Ruby, and Lee Harvey Oswald, at the sound stage where they filmed the moon landing, Area 13 I think it’s called…. I believe that it is near “Jacksonville”, somewhere between there and Loch Ness anyway.

The contract is available to be viewed here via the below link.

Rob Elliott Contract

Interestingly, the contracts appendix claims Elliott’s service will be as a consultant, not an employee.

If that is the case, there would certainly be no annual leave, sick days, superannuation, or long service leave to be accrued. I would have also assumed there would be a company name for his Consultancy Firm, and ABN, and invoices involved, something that Jackson knows all too well based on her previous experiences.

This raises even more questions about some of the strange financial arrangements that have occurred under the watch of both Jackson and Williamson.

The date on the new contract is the date that the HSU branches amalgamated, which is why a new contract needed to be drawn up, as previously he was being paid by one of the HSU branches.

Rob was to help with the amalgamation, and apparently according to staff, was quite consistent in his failure to appear.

Not a bad gig if you can get it.

I question why Jackson and Williamson seem to have turned on Thomson, and thrown money at Elliott. Did they think Thomson could not be bribed? Or is it just because Rob was Jackson’s mate?

When you consider, that based on his current contract, Elliott would have received over $1.5 Million so far from the union, and is still being paid today. It is no wonder members are furious at how their union was being run.

Another thing occurred today, Vex News was contacted by a puzzled Wai Quen in regards to the $22,000 payment that Vex was told by sources was for a car. This was in fact incorrect, it was not for a car, and apparently Wai never received the payment, and does not have an ABN.

Some would try and say this lets Jackson off the hook. Actually, quite the opposite.

If Wai never received the payment, never provided legal services for the HSU, and does not have that ABN, then the document is evidence of fraud.

It is up to Jackson now, to come clean on the payment, who it went to, and what it was really for. Either that, or tell us who else could have authorised the payment if not her.

After all union members would like to know where their money is going.

Marco Bellano, minus shoulder pads…

Finally, I wanted to pass on my best to Marco Bellano. Eyewitnesses have informed me that he seemed to have tripped up and rammed acting secretary Peter Mylan with his shoulder, sending Mylan reeling backwards. I trust Bellano’s shoulder is not too bruised from this unfortunate apparent accident.


  1. Anon says:

    Are you aware that Rob Elliot is married to Kaye Darveniza who you posted a photo in a previous message with Kathy Jackson and two others?

  2. deknarf says:

    I’m truly surprised that the HSU still actually has members foolish enough to pay to belong to this union. I would have decamped long ago and joined the MWU or some other union if possible! If not, then wouldn’t bother being a union member at all.
    The HSU has to be the biggest ‘pigs feeding at a trough’ rort of all time!

  3. Sue says:

    So Elliott resigned but then came back as? a contractor, maybe. I wonder how it was accounted for in the HSU books?
    Wixxy if an Administrator is appointed for HSU east, Will they be able to look back at the accounts prior to 2010. Or will they only be looked at if police are involved? The $22,000 could be a starting point for the police.
    Thanks for all you work, I hope there is more to be revealed.

  4. joe carli. says:

    This information is extrordinary! The failure of the mainstream media shows them to be useless beyond comment. Useless beyond employment. Utter and complete trash!
    That there were those who would crucify Thomson without hesitation, yet not spend any effort to investigate all the facts shows the utter, utter imbecility of their intellect.
    I sincerely hope Mr. Thomson takes a minute with his lawyers to draw up a list of defamation litigants and deals with them “by the dozen”!

  5. wrb330 says:

    Mr Wicks,
    Congratulations on yet another fine article, I particuarly enjoyed the clarity regarding Mr Elliots employment conditions. A whole 75 days per year IF required. Wowsers…

    Im thinking that its about time a full blown criminal investigation was flying through HSU never mind administrators, this appears to be blatant high level corruption that has a stench fit to burn out nose hairs.
    More to the point it lends credability to Thomsons claims of being set up. Look forward to future developments with great enthusiasm.

    Well done to you sir, *tipped my hat*

  6. johnward154 says:

    I thought only the bosses use the old Phantom workforce trick?

  7. […] of you may remember an article I did about Rob Elliot, the man with the greatest job in the world. Guess what? If his contract is continued and not […]

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