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Union boss John Setka ordered by court to stop poaching members

The Federal Court has ordered controversial union boss John Setka to stop poaching members from the rival faction of recently resigned national secretary Michael O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor, who remains secretary of the CFMMEU’s national manufacturing division, went back to the courts after failing in his initial bid to stop about 200 glaziers, cabinetmakers and floor workers from joining Mr Setka’s construction division to shore up his numbers.

Former CFMMEU national secretary Michael O'Connor resigned from the position last week.

Former CFMMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor resigned from the position last week.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

In an appeal judgement handed down on Wednesday, Justices Debra Mortimer, Darryl Rangiah and Richard White ordered Mr Setka, the state secretary of the union’s construction and general division, to cease and desist from “inducing, encouraging or advising” members of the manufacturing division to switch sides.

The dispute arose in about August last year when, according to the court judgement, the respondents – including Mr Setka – began to encourage members of the manufacturing division in Victoria to resign and join the construction division instead.

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