Union leaders’ bid for payday
CFMMEU heavyweights John Setka and Shaun Reardon want cash compensation for their false imprisonment and “malicious prosecution” over blackmail charges that embarrassingly collapsed.
Union leader John Setka and his deputy, Shaun Reardon, have lodged Supreme Court action and want Boral executives Paul Dalton and Peter Head to pay. The officials were charged in 2015 on the back of statements made by the Boral chiefs to the royal commission into trade unions.
The stoush was over allegations the union threatened to blockade Boral trucks at Victorian worksites if the company did not stop supplying concrete to Grocon, with whom the union was warring over OH&S issues.
But once the case got to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, prosecutors advised the magistrate: “After consideration of the facts, we have been advised to withdraw.”
In their legal claim lodged this week, Setka states he was falsely imprisoned for two hours and 25 minutes while Reardon was detained for three hours and 23 minutes after being arrested in 2015.
The writ states Mr Dalton and Mr Head were “active in promoting” the arrests and set criminal proceedings in motion.
“(They) provided false information to the police and withheld relevant information from the police,” court documents state.
The document accused Mr Dalton and Mr Head of giving investigators information that “virtually compelled the police to bring charges against Setka and Reardon”.