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

06:21  13 june  2019
06:21  13 june  2019 Source:   abc.net.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.

Victorian CFMEU leader says attacks on him are ‘political smears’ and that he answers to union members.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has labelled it a "minor badge of honour" to be attacked by CFMEU official John Setka and has slammed Mr Setka ' s Victorian division of the union as a blight on both Labor and the trade union movement. Mr Rudd hit back on Wednesday after Mr Setka , fist raised in

Kevin Rudd accuses CFMEU and Victorian union leader John Setka of damaging Labor's brand© AAP Image Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has accused John Setka of damaging the Labor Party's brand, arguing his union should have a "long, hard look at itself" as Mr Setka rejects calls to stand down.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese moved for the expulsion of the Victorian secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) from the party, after reports he had disparaged the work of anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty.

Mr Setka denied the claims during a defiant media conference on Wednesday and said there was "no reason" for him to resign from his union role.

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.

Trade union powerbroker John Setka has refused to quit his post over what he calls “totally false” comments attributed to him about family violence Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called for Mr Setka to be expelled by the party and there are growing calls for him to step aside, but he insists he’ s

Victorian union official John Setka is reportedly refusing to stand down from his CFMEU role as he accuses the ALP of 'dirty politics' for moving to expel him. Shortly before the announcement, Former Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said Mr Setka ' s alleged comments were "completely

But Mr Rudd told Channel Seven the CFMEU should consider the broader implications of the controversy.

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

John Setka refuses to resign from CFMMEU despite pressure from Labor, unions CFMMEU 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.

John Setka is an Australian trade unionist. He is the Victorian state secretary of the Construction , Forestry , Maritime, Mining and Energy Union and is known for his militant approach to industrial

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has not commented publicly, while the federal Labor leader , Anthony Albanese, described Setka ’ s remarks as Phil Cleary, an anti-domestic violence campaigner who has in the past held roles with the Electrical Trades Union , lashed the response from Labor and

"While various elements of the union movement try [to] rally around [Mr] Setka, the bottom line is here the CFMMEU or whatever it's called these days, needs to have a long, hard look at itself in terms of the damage, which certain of its leaders have delivered to the corporate brand of the Labor Party over the years, and Setka's one of them," Mr Rudd said.

"I mean the Labor Party is a party based on fundamentally decent values. And many of us frankly can't stand it when you get people acting out at the extremes."

Another powerful union figure, Christy Cain, defended Mr Setka on Wednesday and said it was Mr Albanese who should consider resigning instead.

The national president of the Maritime Union said he was one of 40-plus officials who attended the meeting in which Mr Setka was alleged to have made the comments.

"Mr Albanese's run off false allegations. He has misconstrued what has gone [on] in that room and he should apologise," Mr Cain said.

Workers Union adds to call for Setka to go

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.

John Setka is defying pressure to stand down as Victorian boss of the militant construction union despite admitting he told a group of unionists that Anthony Albanese yesterday declared he would push for Mr Setka ’ s Labor Party membership to be revoked while Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

Union leader John Setka says he will remain in his position and denies making negative comments about anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Barry. Mr Setka , the Victorian secretary of the Construction , Forestry , Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), was reported to have told

"Maybe Mr Albanese should resign, I don't know. He should take a good look at himself."

Mr Albanese on Thursday told the ABC he had spoken to several other people in the meeting and stood by his decision to push for Mr Setka's expulsion.

"Unfortunately for Mr Cain, he said in that interview that Mr Setka didn't mention Rosie Batty. Well, that's not what Mr Setka says himself," Mr Albanese said.

"Mr Setka says that his comments about Rosie Batty have been misinterpreted, which is a very different thing from Mr Cain's recollection of the meeting."

Renewed Government push for union crackdown

Kevin Rudd accuses CFMEU and Victorian union leader John Setka of damaging Labor's brand© Provided by ABC News Kevin Rudd says the saga surrounding John Setka threatens to damage Labor's brand. Mr Albanese also criticised renewed Government plans for legislation to make it easier to deregister unions and disqualify officials in the wake of the controversy.

The Ensuring Integrity Bill failed to pass the last Parliament but Government minister Angus Taylor confirmed on Wednesday that it would be reintroduced.

"We are absolutely committed to the Ensuring Integrity Bill," Mr Taylor said.

"Labor has opposed it, we will bring it forward again."

Mr Albanese said unions played a critical role, especially in the construction industry.

"This Government is obsessed with its anti-union position, be very clear," he said.

"It's got nothing to do with John Setka, it's got nothing to do with any individual in the union movement or any particular union."

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