Union lead­ers’ bid for pay­day

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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”.

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