With Labor picking up the pieces after a Shorten election collapse, two senators are now demanding a powerful union boss resign.
Outgoing senior Labor senator Doug Cameron has demanded high profile union official John Setka resign for criticising anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.
Senator Cameron, a former trade unionist, said he strongly supported the ‘mindful militant’ behaviour of Mr Setka’s CFMMEU.
‘(But) there is nothing mindful about the alleged behaviour of John Setka. He should put the movement and members first by resigning,’ Senator Cameron tweeted on Tuesday.
Mr Setka, the Victorian secretary of the CFMMEU, claims he was ‘taken out of context’ after reportedly telling a union meeting that Ms Batty’s advocacy had led to men having fewer rights.
Labor senator Penny Wong said she was on Ms Batty’s side, and Mr Setka should ‘consider his position’.
‘I thought his comments about Ms Batty were completely inappropriate and, as I said, his comments are not in step with the values of the labour movement,’ Senator Wong told ABC radio.
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The Australian Tribune with AAP