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AustraliaAnthony Albanese will seek to expel CFMEU secretary John Setka from Labor Party

05:01  11 june  2019
05:01  11 june  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

CFMEU national executive gives John Setka 'full support', condemns 'untruthful leaks'

CFMEU national executive gives John Setka 'full support', condemns 'untruthful leaks' The national executive of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has given embattled union boss John Setka its "full support", strongly condemning "untruthful leaks" from a meeting earlier this month as "acts of treachery". © AAP: Stefan Postles The CFMEU national executive has thrown its support behind John Setka. The controversy escalated in the wake of reports Mr Setka, who is the Victorian secretary of the CFMEU, had disparaged the work of anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty at a meeting of the union's national executive.

New Labor leader Anthony Albanese declined to join calls for the Construction , Forestry , Maritime, Mining and Energy Union 's Victorian leader to step down from his powerful position. Anthony Albanese would not comment on whether John Setka should step down. Credit:Wolter Peeters.

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has said he has "no relationship" with controversial construction union boss John Setka , who remains a member of the Labor Party despite indicating he would plead guilty to a criminal charge of harassing a woman. Mr Setka , secretary of the Victorian

Anthony Albanese will seek to expel CFMEU secretary John Setka from Labor Party© AAP Image/Paul Miller Anthony Albanese. Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese will ask his party to expel John Setka after the union leader reportedly made comments disparaging the work of anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

Mr Setka, who is the Victorian secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), has been under fire after he reportedly told a union meeting that men had fewer rights because of Ms Batty's work.

Mr Albanese said he had written to Labor's national executive asking for Mr Setka's expulsion at its next meeting in July.

Anthony Albanese will seek to expel CFMEU secretary John Setka from Labor Party© AAP/Julian Smith John Setka. He has also asked for Mr Setka's membership to be suspended immediately.

Albanese fiery after Dutton claims unions 'trump his leadership'

Albanese fiery after Dutton claims unions 'trump his leadership' Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has stopped short of distancing the ALP from unions, but said he will act against CFMMEU boss John Setka for bringing ‘the Labor movement into disrepute’.

Setka ’s role as state secretary is elected, meaning it would be hard to remove him unless he stood down. He is a member of the Labor party . The CFMMEU was contacted by Guardian Australia for comment. The Age reported that Setka said in a statement that he had not criticised Batty and had

UPDATE: CFMEU leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon have been bailed to appear in court in March following a four CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan also supported the men in court. Mr Oldis also informed the court CFMEU boss John Setka heads into court with his family by his side.

Mr Setka has not responded to the ABC's request for comment, but previously told The Age newspaper his comments had been taken out of context.

Mr Albanese's intervention comes after Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus said Mr Setka "must resign" if the report about his speech was true.

Yesterday, Ms Batty described the reported comments as "ludicrous" and said the union boss's leadership should be challenged as a result.

More to come.

Workers Union adds to call for Setka to go.
A senior union leader expects the construction union's national leadership is working through proper process to deal with embattled Victorian boss John Setka. Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese is moving to kick Mr Setka out of the party. The union boss has already had his membership suspended. A Labor national executive meeting on July 5 will consider expelling him from the party. While the CFMMEU's NSW and Victorian branches have publicly endorsed Mr Setka to stay on, its federal leaders are yet to comment.

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