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Utility backflip on union deal

WESTERN Power has reversed its policy in negotiations with unions by withdrawing a claim for the re-introduction of Australian Workplace Agreements from its new certified agreement.This follows comments by Premier Geoff Gallop that the Government does not support AWAs and that he would expect all government trading enterprises, such as Western Power, to respect that view. Western Power said in a statement that it removed AWAs from its log of claims in an effort to finalise agreement as soon as possible. The change prompted an attack from shadow industrial relations minister Troy Buswell. “Geoff Gallop has again put his allegiances to the trade union movement ahead of the interests of Western Australians with his directive preventing Western Power from using workplace agreements,” Mr Buswell said. Mr Buswell has also criticized the government for its failure to take action against the militant construction, forestry, mining and energy union.

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