John Setka and one other CFMEU chief, Shaun Reardon, have launched authorized motion in opposition to executives of the development provide firm Boral over blackmail expenses that had been dropped earlier this yr.
- Prosecutors deserted expenses in opposition to the unionists in Could
- The fees associated to a dispute between the CFMEU and Grocon
- A spokesman for the union mentioned at present’s motion sought to deal with an “outrageous abuse of legislation”
In paperwork lodged with the Supreme Courtroom, the development union bosses are searching for damages from Boral executives Paul Dalton and Peter Head.
In 2015, Mr Setka — who’s the secretary of the CFMEU in Victoria — and Mr Reardon — his assistant — had been arrested and charged with blackmail.
It adopted claims by the Boral executives that the corporate had been threatened with union motion if it continued to provide concrete to Melbourne constructing websites operated by Grocon.
The CFMEU was waging an industrial marketing campaign in opposition to Grocon on the time, based mostly on considerations about worksite security and entry by union officers to Grocon worksites.
The allegations centred on a gathering between the 4 males at a restaurant in North Melbourne in April 2013.
“Setka and Reardon didn’t threaten both Dalton or Head and didn’t in any other case make any unwarranted demand with menaces” throughout that assembly, the doc states.
Prosecutors deserted the fees in Could.
The courtroom paperwork alleged Mr Dalton and Mr Head “offered false info to police and withheld related info from the police”.
“Dalton and Head, in initiating and sustaining the legal proceedings, acted maliciously,” the assertion of declare lodged on Tuesday mentioned.
A spokesman for the union mentioned it’s appearing on what it calls an “outrageous abuse of legislation”.
Boral advised the ABC it has not obtained any proceedings, however mentioned it was “assured that Boral and our executives have at all times acted with the utmost integrity and honesty on this case and can proceed to take action”.