Unionists charged following “war” on Boral

Two senior members of the CFMEU in Victoria have been arrested, charged with blackmail and released on bail, relating to allegations they threatened to escalate a black ban on Boral.

The Australian Financial Review reports that the charges relate to seondary boycott threats made to building products maker Boral if it continued to supply concrete to developer Grocon.

This boycott had cost Boral $10 million, Boral CEO Mike Kane has claimed, and was part of a “war” against Grocon by the union, according to The Herald Sun.

John Setka, the head of the CFMEU in Victoria, and his deputy Shaun Reardon blackmailing Boral, following an investigation by task force Heracles of Royal commission allegations.

National secretary of the union’s construction division, Dave Noonan, criticised the nature of the arrests yesterday and said the CFMEU had cooperated with the Royal Commission into trade union governance.

"The arrests were conducted in front of both families and reek of overkill,” he said in a statement.

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