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Blackmail charges against two union bosses dropped

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The Federal Government has been left red-faced after Victoria Police dropped blackmail charges against two union leaders.

Victorian CFMEU leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon had been accused of threatening Boral executives at a cafe meeting in April 2013.

Prosecutors dropped the charges after an exhaustive legal battle during a pre-trial committal hearing in the Magistrates Court.

Minister for Small and Family Business Craig Laundy tells Ross Greenwood “it’s absolute rubbish”.

“You are talking about a long history of criminal behaviour, $14.9 million of fines to the CMFEU and their officials in the past three years.

“They’ve currently got 70 officials before the courts in some 39 matters.”

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