A huge contingent of police has gathered outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court ahead of an look by union heavyweights John Setka and Shaun Reardon.
Police have been out in force which includes on horseback, outside the court as dozens of CFMEU members gathered to show their support for the state secretary Setka and his deputy Reardon who have been each charged with blackmail on the weekend.
CFMEU members marched outside the court shouting: “Johnny Setka, here to remain! Shaun Reardon, here to keep!”
The charges are linked to a long-operating dispute with concrete firm Boral.
The men had been arrested and charged by a taskforce set up to investigate matters arising from the royal commission into trade union corruption.
The men are expected to seem in court shortly.
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