Saturday, October 16, 2004

Up to a third of unionists voted for the coalition: "Many unionists deserted Labor at the federal election in favour of the Coalition.... The Herald has learnt that secret Labor and ACTU polling found Labor's pitch to win back working voters failed, with up to a third of union members saying they would vote for the Coalition.... A spokesman for the ACTU confirmed that about a third of 200 union members polled by "ACTU volunteers" last Saturday said they would vote Liberal. While he said it was statistically insignificant, the phone poll by volunteers showed "some union members did vote for the Coalition. What they didn't vote for was an increase in casualisation or an attempt to deregulate the labour market, or wages and conditions to be undermined.""

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