Union leader Michael O'Connor, who has resigned, faced several no-confidence motions at national executive meetings and has been battling a poaching war led by John Setka.
ENSURING INTEGRITY BILL NEEDS SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT I’ve been clear from the start – John Setka needs to go. I’ve also been clear that, unlike John, I’m not prepared to throw every single union member in the country under the bus just because one bloke wants his job. #auspol
John Setka is not typical of the modern union movement. The average union member today is a woman in her 40s in aged care. And those are the kind of workers who will really be hurt by the Liberals’ extreme union-bashing legislation.
"What John Setka has said and possibly done has caused us damage and it would be the right thing to do, even if he's innocent, to stand down from his position. I believe that would be the right moral thing to do,” @sallymcmanus tells @PatsKarvelas on #AfternoonBriefing #auspol
@PatsKarvelas : John Setka is threatening to freeze donations to the Labor Party if you expel him, are you worried about losing that money? @AlboMP : No. I’m worried about doing the right thing… My decision is based on his long history of bringing the Labor party into disrepute
Controversial union boss John Setka is refusing to quit his post, amidst outrage at comments he reportedly made about anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty. We spoke to Rosie about why change in attitudes takes so long.
@AlboMP on John Setka: I don’t want him in our party. It’s that simple. I have also asked the National Executive Committee to suspend his membership from @AustralianLabor from today. It stops. MORE: #newsday
.: There's no question that John Setka should resign, but more than that, the Labor Party should refuse to take political donations from the CFMEU. will be reluctant to move against because he's a friend. MORE: #Gleeso