The community picket outside the Coles distribution centre in Somerton is unlikely to be broken up by Victoria Police, even if the Supreme Court slaps an injunction on 25 activists involved in the standoff with employer Toll Holdings.

Andrew Stewart, an industrial relations professor from the University of Adelaide, told Crikey this morning that today's court action brought by Toll would be regarded by the police as a civil matter and would not attract riot-squad style tactics unless violence ensued.