'Sick' threats target kids on picket line

LANGUAGE: A message for workers who haven't been locked out of Glencore's Oaky North Mine.
LANGUAGE: A message for workers who haven't been locked out of Glencore's Oaky North Mine. Campbell Gellie

EXPLOSIVE security reports have revealed CFMEU protesters have threatened to rape children and physically punish those refusing to support its three-month siege at a Queensland mine.

The militant union, which just last week received on-the-ground support from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, has been filmed and documented threatening security and workers refusing to protest at Oaky North Mine, the Courier-Mail reports.

One protester is facing charges and four others are being investigated for intimidation/ threatening behaviour.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash described comments being hurled at workers as "sickening" and questioned why Mr Shorten continued to support the CFMEU.

Resources giant Glencore locked out about 190 workers from the Bowen Basin mine earlier this year after the CFMEU launched 10 weeks of industrial action.

Topics:  bill shorten bowen basin cfmeu mackay michelle landry oaky north picket line queensland police

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