Unions claim to be the heart of Labor revival

Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams.
Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams. Lee Constable

UNIONS have taken credit for the Labor Party's electoral revival, saying they had taken the fight to Premier Campbell Newman when the party was reduced to just seven MPs.

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams told a large crowd of unionists gathered in King George Square in Brisbane yesterday, the union movement had "taken the fight" to the LNP after the 2012 election.

"When Labor was reduced to the seven seats it was the union movement out of the blocks, first up, taking on the Campbell Newman government from day one," he said.

"We played a great role in keeping this government to account."

Mr Battams and Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney spoke in front of the crowd outside Brisbane City Hall which was being used for pre-polling yesterday.

While they urged voters to "put the LNP last", they did not specifically urge people to vote for Labor.


Topics:  labor politics queensland election 2015 unions

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