National secretary elect / Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union
Christy Cain is a self-described militant union leader. He is national secretary-elect of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU). Up to 25 January 2021, he was president of the Maritime Union of Australia and WA branch secretary of the maritime division of the CFMMEU. His move to a national role with the CFMMEU comes amidst infighting. Victorian state secretary John Setka, a militant from the construction division, has been supported by Mr Cain. The ‘moderates’ include Michael O’Connor, who was previously national secretary and still heads the union’s manufacturing division.