CFMEU and MUA Union bosses refuse to apologise for sexism and abuse

CFMMEU State Secretary Chris Cain

Union bosses are refusing to apologise to a university student who says a man wearing a CFMEU MUA shirt heckled her and called her a “bitch” from outside their State conference.

Notre Dame student Stephanie Brown, 25, was walking past Fremantle’s Esplanade Hotel on her way to the university on Tuesday when a man wearing a union shirt heckled her, asking: ‘How are you going love?’ Ms Brown said when she ignored the man, he responded: ‘Sorry I ruined your day, bitch’. She said the man was wearing a T-shirt that said CFMEU and MUA and was sitting at a table with four other union members.

MUA WA boss Chris Cain said he would not apologise to Ms Brown at this stage. Self-proclaimed feminist and ACTU boss Sally McManus, who was a star guest at the event, also declined to comment yesterday.

Source: The West Australian

In March 2018,

ACTU boss Sally McManus said she does not accept that the militant construction union has a bad record on equal rights for women,…

“CFMEU officials and members have a long history of involvement in sexist incidents, including a female Fair Work Australian officials being called a ‘f***ing slut’ by union officials while doing her job, and Victorian deputy secretary Shaun Reardon being accused during the trade union royal commission of making intimidatory late-night phone calls to women working for Fair Work.

Reardon was consequently suspended as a White Ribbon ambassador against domestic violence in 2015.

CFMEU Officials in sexist attack

In October 2017, CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan, Victorian secretary John Setka, Mr Reardon and organisers Joe Mcdonald and Cam McCullough were photographed surrounding a figure impersonating, Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and holding a sign reading: ‘A Big Cash Cow’.Fair Work Australia has adjudicated on cases involving a CFMEU official threatening to gang rape a woman after she had inspected their site, and another official spitting at a female workplace inspector.

On another visit, the same inspector was called a ‘f … ing slut’ and a ‘dog’ by union officials while she was doing her job.

Source: The Australian

Last September, the CFMEU Victorian Secretary,John Setka posted a

tweet on Father’s Day showing his children holding a sign telling the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to ‘go get f***ed’.

Source: ABC

2012: Rap sheet reveals 60 charges for would-be union boss John Setka

On Boxing Day, 2018, “Militant union boss John Setka was charged after an ugly Boxing Day row with his lawyer wife Emma Walters at his home. Police were called to the couple’s home, which is in Melbourne’s west, after emergency services were alerted”.

Source: Herald Sun

“Union boss fronts court over alleged incidents at a Melbourne home”

Source: The Age

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