Sunday, March 3, 2024

John Setka to retire as head of Victorian CFMEU

Though nobody has been chosen to take up the position when he leaves, assistant secretary Derek Christopher loomed because the pure successor.

“I’ve been teaching him and saying, ‘Hey, prepare for it’,” Setka mentioned on Thursday.

John Setka led his union from the front, including at this demonstration in 2016.

John Setka led his union from the entrance, together with at this demonstration in 2016.Credit score: Jesse Marlow

“He’s a reasonably powerful character, he’s been round, he’s a creature of the development business, his dad was a development employee.”

Department senior vp Joe Myles was additionally named as a possible alternative, however it was unclear on Thursday whether or not he was and ready to go up towards Christopher in a poll of members.

Labor MP Luba Grigorovitch, who beforehand led the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, mentioned Setka could possibly be pleased with many wins throughout his time on the helm of the state’s CFMEU.


“John Setka is a real commerce unionist who has all the time been there for the employees and never himself,” Grigorovitch mentioned.

“Not like others, he has by no means hesitated to struggle for the wellbeing of his members and he and the CFMEU have all the time honoured solidarity with different unions once they’ve wanted it in their very own struggles.”

Setka labored for many years within the constructing union earlier than rising by the ranks to secretary in 2012.

Talking typically, Setka on Thursday mentioned he had been accused of issues he has by no means executed.


“If I’ve executed one thing fallacious, I come clean with it, I’ll put on it. However in case you accuse me of one thing that I’ve by no means executed, I’ll struggle ’til the top of the Earth,” he mentioned.

“Some types of controversy put the CFMEU on the map too. We’re a family title, generally for the fallacious causes. However you already know what they reckon – there’s one factor worse than all the time being talked about, isn’t being talked out.”

Setka’s ex-wife, Emma Walters, in December was discovered responsible of recklessness in threatening to kill him, however she escaped conviction over the matter. Justice of the Peace Leon Fluxman didn’t file a conviction towards her, saying she was the sufferer of significant and extended household violence by the hands of Setka, which didn’t excuse her offending however gave it context.

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