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AustraliaUnion boss John Setka flags court action

05:05  17 june  2019
05:05  17 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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.

Mr Setka is facing court later in June when he is expected to plead guilty to two criminal charges, including one of using a carriage service to harass a woman. The outcry over his leadership has grown louder in the past week after he was accused of telling union colleagues that anti-family violence

John Setka leaves a union delegates meeting at CFMMEU headquarters. Credit:Jason South. Mr Setka has received strong public support from Troy Gray, from the Electrical Trades Union – who ‘‘There are several matters currently before the court . If media reports are correct the allegations

Union boss John Setka flags court action© AAP Images Construction union boss John Setka is resisting a push to oust him from the ALP, saying he could take the matter to the courts.

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese faces a drawn-out battle to oust John Setka, as the controversial union leader threatens to take court action over any move to expel him from the party.

Mr Setka also told the New Daily the construction union would freeze donations to the ALP over its attempts to sack him.

"I am a little bit old school, I actually think you should have actually done something before you get cooked on a spit about it," he said.

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.

Mr Setka is facing court later in June when he is expected to plead guilty to two criminal charges, including one of using a carriage service to harass a woman. Labor leader Anthony Albanese is moving to expel Mr Setka from the party. The union boss has already had his membership suspended.

Peter Dutton and Anthony Albanese have gone head-to-head on the Today Show this morning amid continued calls for defiant union boss John Today host Deb Knight reminded the Labor leader he was being personally attacked by trade unions after calling for CFMEU secretary John Setka to resign.

"The bottom line is I am for fair play. They've accused me of bagging Rosie Batty. Now, it's clear that wasn't said. Well, good luck to them. It's going to be a long, drawn-out thing."

Mr Setka, who leads the Victorian branch of the CFMMEU, is facing court later in June when he is expected to plead guilty to two criminal charges, including one of using a carriage service to harass a woman.

The outcry over his leadership has grown louder in the past week after he was accused of telling union colleagues that anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty's advocacy had led to men having fewer rights.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus on Thursday demanded he resign as secretary of the Victorian CFMMEU branch and the leaders of the three largest unions - representing mainly feminised workforces - have followed suit.

The Australian Workers Union backed in the other unions on Sunday, but called for proper processes to be followed.

Images allegedly part of harassment case against Setka.
More than 20 photographs part of the case against embattled building union leader.

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