Union suspends officers over Facebook page

The National Union of Workers has suspended two officials as it investigates an alleged Facebook scam.

Two officials from the National Union of Workers have been stood aside amid an investigation into an alleged scam involving the Black Lives Matter campaign.

American news network CNN has reported a Facebook page purporting to be part of the highly popular anti-racism campaign was a scam with ties to a Perth-based NUW official.

CNN said that while about $129,000 went to Black Lives Matter causes in the United States, some money was transferred to Australian bank accounts.

"The NUW has launched an investigation into claims made by a CNN report and has suspended the relevant officials pending the outcome of an investigation," the union's national secretary Tim Kennedy said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The NUW is not involved in and has not authorised any activities with reference to claims made in CNN's story."

One of the suspended officials is Ian Mackay, who has dozens of web domains registered to his NUW email address including many with black rights slogans.

Mr Mackay told CNN he bought and sold domain names as a "personal hobby".

A Black Lives Matter web address was among the domains he had bought and sold, he said.

Source AAP

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