It accused Mr O’Connor of economic mismanagement and of presiding over a declining union with disillusioned former union workers and delegates.
“We don’t imagine Michael O’Connor has acted in the most effective pursuits of union members throughout his time as chief,” the group stated.
The Development, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Power Union has been consumed by infighting since leaks from a June 2019 nationwide govt assembly, at which Mr Setka, Victorian boss of the union’s development division, stated the work of anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty had led to men having fewer rights.
Mr Setka was convicted in 2019 of expenses together with harassing his spouse by way of textual content message. Since then, he has pursued these in his union who he believes had been behind the leaks or who failed in his view to supply him adequate assist. That features Mr O’Connor, who was forced out of his role as nationwide secretary of all the union. He’s now being challenged for his remaining position as manufacturing secretary.
The mining division is an element manner by way of a strategy of attempting to go away the CFMMEU and the manufacturing division is prone to observe later.