Union boss calls for fighting fund

ACTU warrior Sally McManus has this morning urged members to donate cash for a media campaign to rail against Australian Federal Police raids against two union offices.

As Opposition Leader Bill Shorten called the raids "a new low" Ms McManus emailed supporters and members to support the union's war chest.

"Yesterday Australian politics reached a new low. The Turnbull Government used the Federal Police to raid a union office over a donation to an NGO (Get Up!).

"It is an outrageous abuse of power. It's an attack on democracy. And it's a waste of taxpayers money.

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton speak to the media about raids on union offices in Melbourne. Picture: Stuart McEvoy
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton speak to the media about raids on union offices in Melbourne. Picture: Stuart McEvoy

"It is meant to intimidate us. But they have another thing coming. We will not be intimidated or stopped for standing up for what's right and standing up to the powerful.

"Big business and the Turnbull Government have too much power.

"Yesterday they again showed they're prepared to misuse their power. And we're going to stop them, but we need your help.

Australian Federal Police officers involved in a raid on the Australian Workers’ Union building in Melbourne. Picture: Stuart McEvoy
Australian Federal Police officers involved in a raid on the Australian Workers’ Union building in Melbourne. Picture: Stuart McEvoy

"Yesterday showed how far the pendulum has swung in the wrong direction. With your help we can swing it back.

"We need you to chip in. To help get our message out on the airwaves, we've tested a few radio ads we know are effective, and we want to run them where it will hurt the Turnbull government the most. Chip in to put them on the air."


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