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ALP, union truce close

THE Australian Labor Party’s WA branch seems close to negotiating a truce with unions over its labour relations policy.

The unions had threatened to front WA Labor Leader Geoff Gallop to the State Conference if he did not desist with plans for continuing workplace agreements.

Labor-affiliated unions hold 60 per cent of the votes at the State Conference.

Labour Relations spokesman John Kobelke said the party’s industrial relations direction statement would be released once a truce had been negotiated with the unions.

Combined Small Bus-iness Associations of WA president Oliver Moon said he was sceptical.

“We’ll wait to see the written word before meeting with the ALP to see what those words mean,” Mr Moon said.

WA unions want individual contracts abolished altogether.

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