27 Aug 2008

ACT candidate suspended from union job refuses to resign

2:01 pm on 27 August 2008

A suspended union worker says he will refuse to resign from his job over his plan to stand as an election candidate for the ACT party.

Shawn Tanm who is 10th on ACT's list, has been suspended on full pay from his job as an organiser with the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

Union national secretary Andrew Little says Mr Tan should have requested permission to stand as a candidate because he will require time off to campaign.

Mr Tan says he will take an employment grievance against the union if he loses his job.

He is to meet senior union officials on Monday.

Mr Little said on Friday that if Mr Tan had sought permission, the union would have to consider that ACT's policies are "contrary to the interests of the union's members".