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AustraliaJohn Setka refuses to resign from CFMMEU despite pressure from Labor, unions

04:50  12 june  2019
04:50  12 june  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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

Anthony Albanese will seek to expel CFMEU secretary John Setka from Labor Party Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese will ask his party to expel union leader John Setka.

John Setka at last year's ALP national conference. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen. Mr Albanese added that he had "no relationship with the bloke [Mr Setka ]" and "I The CFMMEU is facing escalating scandals in Victoria and NSW. Police have charged the CFMMEU 's assistant secretary in NSW, Michael

Domestic violence campaigners urge condemnation of Victorian CFMMEU secretary, who reportedly said Batty was harming men’s rights.

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CFMMEU secretary John Setka has refused to resign over comments made about domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty despite increasing pressure from union colleagues and Labor.

"What was reported in relation to Rosie Batty is completely false," Mr Setka said. "I have always been a huge supporter of Rosie Batty."

Mr Setka fronted the media on Wednesday morning alongside wife Emma Walters, who said the couple had been through "hell and back" over the past few years.

Kevin Rudd accuses CFMEU and Victorian union leader John Setka of damaging Labor's brand

Kevin Rudd accuses CFMEU and Victorian union leader John Setka of damaging Labor's brand The former prime minister says the union needs to have "a long hard look at itself" as the saga engulfing the CFMEU inflicts further pain on the ALP.

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has moved to expel high-profile union boss John Setka from the party. Mr Albanese today said he would seek the Mr Setka is under fire for reportedly criticising anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty after he reportedly told a union meeting last week her

Labor ’s Senate leader calls Victorian CFMMEU secretary’s reported remarks ‘totally unacceptable’ and tells Batty The federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, has described Setka ’s remarks as “totally On Tuesday the outgoing senator Doug Cameron called on Setka to resign . He said on Twitter he

"We've both said and done things that we aren't proud of but this is not an opportunity to get John Setka. My family should not be used as political bait," she said.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reported Mr Setka told a union meeting last Wednesday that Ms Batty's advocacy work had led to men having fewer rights.

John Setka refuses to resign from CFMMEU despite pressure from Labor, unions © AAP Image/Lukas Coch CFMEU secretary John Setka has refused to resign for comments made about domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty. Mr Setka said he just noted in the meeting that lawyers had told him domestic violence laws had changed, and accused his "Labor hack" colleagues of leaking against him in order to seize control of the union.

Mr Setka's refusal to leave his powerful job sets up a showdown next month between the Labor Party and the Victorian branch of the powerful blue-collar union.

ACTU calls for John Setka to resign

ACTU calls for John Setka to resign The ACTU is withdrawing support for John Setka. Secretary Sally McManus made the announcement today, saying she had a meeting with Setka and told him to step down as it “would be in the best interest of the union movement if he resigned.” The news comes after Setka refused to leave his position as CFMEU boss, saying he had the support of the members who elected him. New Opposition leader Anthony Albanese joined calls for Setka to resign.

Anthony Albanese is moving to expel John Setka from the Australian Labor Party, after the controversial "The CFMMEU is one of the most litigated against and charged unions in the country - their Outgoing senior Labor senator Doug Cameron was among the first to demand Mr Setka resign .

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has recommended the expulsion of a high profile union official from meeting of the National Executive, I will move for John Setka ’s expulsion from the Australian Labor Mr Setka , the Victorian secretary of the CFMMEU . “I’ll be having more to say on that issue in a short

The CFMMEU influences Labor pre-selection in key seats and is an important party donor, and both Labor and the union movement have hesitated to move on Mr Setka, a key powerbroker.

But on Tuesday, Labor leader Anthony Albanese said he wanted Mr Setka expelled from the party. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews swiftly followed suit.

Some of his colleagues and other union leaders were understood to be urging him to step down as secretary of the Victorian building branch of the CFMMEU.

The nation's top trade unionist, ACTU secretary Sally McManus, has flown home from Switzerland to deal with the crisis.

Labor figures, including some of the party's most prominent women, lined up on Tuesday to condemn Mr Setka over his comments about Ms Batty and call on him to quit.

Mr Setka was elected secretary by rank-and-file union members, meaning he can only be removed by his colleagues in the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union in a process that would take time and be politically difficult for the broader labour movement.

More to come

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.

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