“We are very disappointed in the sentence handed down by the court today; we always believed that Kathy Jackson deserved to serve time in jail for her crimes of deception and dishonesty in stealing money from low paid union members,” Health Services Union (HSU) National Secretary, Lloyd Williams said.

“There has been no remorse, no apology, and no attempts to pay the stolen money back to the union by Jackson,” Mr Williams said.

“Kathy Jackson held senior positions of trust and fiduciary duty in our union. She totally betrayed that trust and abandoned her duties when she systematically stole from low paid health workers.

“She will be forever known as a dishonest criminal who stole money from low paid health, aged care, and disability workers.

“The HSU has moved on from the dark days of Kathy Jackson. We are a strong and thriving Union, our membership has increased by more than 23,000 over the last six years to over 92,000, this shows the trust and support our members place in the HSU.

“Our governance and transparency is of the highest standards and every day our officials across the country are campaigning hard to better the lives of our members by winning higher pay, job security, improved working conditions and safe workplaces for our dedicated health, aged care and disability workers.”