Anthony Albanese is not concerned Victorian construction union boss John Setka is launching a court challenge to stop his expulsion from the Labor Party.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese is unfazed by union boss John Setka launching a court challenge to stop his expulsion from the party.
Mr Albanese said the Victorian construction official was never going quietly.
"He was always going to take legal action," he told the Nine Network on Friday.
"Guess what, he will try to stop it, but he won't be successful."
Mr Setka faces expulsion from the Labor Party over allegations he made disparaging remarks about anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.
"I have the guts to make this decision and to follow it through," Mr Albanese said.
"Political parties have a right to determine their own membership."
In court documents filed on Thursday, Mr Setka pleaded for a motion by Mr Albanese to be stopped.
He argued booting him from the party would prevent him being an effective advocate for the CFMMEU and its members.
The ALP was due to consider his expulsion at meeting on Friday but Mr Setka has been given until July 15 to prepare his case.
"We'll have a national executive meeting by teleconference and we'll deal with it then," Mr Albanese said.
"At that meeting, I'll move that the motion that I've foreshadowed, that he be expelled from the Labor Party for bringing the party into disrepute."
Mr Setka argues Labor's national executive does not have the power to expel him in the way they want.
He has filed proceedings against national secretary Noah Carroll, Mr Albanese and voting members of the national executive.
Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus has reiterated calls for Mr Setka to quit.
"It's in the best interests of the whole union movement that he does so," she told ABC News on Friday.
"When your own issues are bringing down or affecting the broader movement it's the right thing to do to stand aside."
Ms McManus said the federal government was using the issue to push through "extreme and dangerous" laws to make it easier to de-register unions and ban officials.
But she rejected suggestions the ACTU should cut the CFMMEU loose.
"This is one person, one person that's done this. You don't punish a whole union and all those members because of it."
The saga has sucked oxygen from the union movement as it tries to recover from Labor's bruising election defeat.
"This is a difficult time but we've seen difficult times before and we'll get through it," Ms McManus said.