Boral chief executive Mike Kane is expected to be cross-examined next week by lawyers for Victorian CFMMEU leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon, who today faced the first day of their committal hearing on blackmail charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
CFMEU construction and general division Victorian branch secretary John Setka has foreshadowed an appeal to the High Court if the State's Court of Appeal does not throw out blackmail charges against him and his lieutenant next year.
The Coalition's legislation that would raise maximum fines from $750.000 to $10 million for secondary boycotts is no certainty to become law after Nick Xenophon Team senators joined the Greens and Labor to declare it would not support it.
The trial of the ACCC's secondary boycott case against the CFMEU construction and general division's Victorian branch has been delayed until September, to avoid clashing with the controversial blackmail charges against union leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon.
CFMEU construction and general division Victorian branch leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon will go to a contested committal hearing in March next year on the blackmail charges brought by the Royal Commmission police taskforce over the 2013 Boral concrete bans.