THE political stoush between federal MP for Bowman Andrew Laming and state Capalaba MP Don Brown over wages at Capalaba Sports Club, left $100 for charity go begging on the weekend.
Mr Laming accused the United Voice union of standover bullying tactics to deter pubs and clubs using a wages agreement similar to one in place at the Capalaba club.
He said the intimidation included a union "raid" on the Ney Road sports club last week - a tactic he said would scare other clubs from using similar agreements.
The Fair Work Commission granted the union permission to enter the club's premises to get access to all pay slips dating back to January after a dispute over weekend pay and conditions.
Trouble started in June when the club outsourced its employee management to a company called HospitalityX and some staff held a rally outside the club.
At the protest, Mr Brown claimed casuals were missing out on $11 every hour on Saturday and $17 on Sunday under the HospitalityX deal.
But Mr Laming questioned Mr Brown's figures and challenged him to a $100 bet to provide proof of his claims.
Mr Laming promised to give $100 to a charity of Mr Brown’s choice if the Capalaba MP could provide evidence to back his claims.
On Sunday, Mr Brown capitulated and told his Facebook friends he was never too proud to admit making a mistake.
"Andrew Laming MP was correct and I have adjusted my calculations," he said.
"It's sad that Andrew would rather win little point scoring victories and stand up for casual workers at Capalaba Sports Club who are losing $9.23 every hour today and in couple weeks' time will lose $23.09 every hour for the Labour Day holiday."
Mr Laming said the HospitalityX wages deal was legal and the club had "smoothed" weekend rates to allow higher hourly rates across the entire week.
The club has also fired back a response to the union, saying it objected to staff being bullied and the union's ploy to use the not-for-profit club as the face of a national anti HospitalityX campaign.
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