The secretaries of eight NSW unions have signed a letter to the NSW Greens urging them to “commit to an upper house preference swap with Labor” at the upcoming NSW state election.
The unions represented include the Communications Electrical Plumbing (Telecommunications and Services Branch), the Construction Forestry Mining Energy union (Energy and Construction divisions), the Maritime Union of Australia national office, the Fire Brigade Employees Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the Australian Services Union and the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers’ Union.
The unions are all members of the NSW “Left Unions Group”.
The NSW Greens have decided to not allocate preferences to any party in the upper house in the NSW election.
The letter says: "Left unions have stood up over numerous election campaigns and argued for Labor-Greens preference deals.
"Our efforts played a significant role in ensuring that, at the 2007 NSW and federal elections, and at the 2010 federal election, the ALP preferenced the Greens above all other parties and groups in the respective Legislative Council and Senate contests.
“Indeed, Lee Rhiannon was elected as a Senator for New South Wales on Labor preferences."