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The Queensland Opposition has accused a senior union leader of betraying workers opposed to the State Government's privatisation plans.
Australian Workers Union (AWU) secretary Bill Ludwig says Parliament has passed legislation to pave the way for asset sales and unions should stop fighting the sell-off.
Mr Ludwig says the debate is now over.
Former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser yesterday began mediating a series of talks between the unions and the Government.
QCU general secretary Ron Monaghan said yesterday he was not prepared to compromise on the unions' anti-privatisation stance.
He said he continues to have doubts about selling state-owned assets such as the Port of Brisbane and Queensland Rail's coal division.
Deputy Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg says Mr Ludwig is out of step.
"Bill Ludwig has proven himself to be the 'Judas' of the union movement," he said.
"He's sold out all his principles, he's sold out the members of the union movement, he's sold out the people that have supported him for so long."
The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) says it is disappointing that a senior union figure like Mr Ludwig will not fight the State Government's privatisation plan.
ETU spokesman Peter Simpson says Mr Ludwig's stance is defeatist.
"I think it's disappointing, if the whole trade union movement took that sort of view we wouldn't win any fights because there wouldn't be any fights," he said.
"This is a campaign that is winnable.
"The government hasn't sold anything yet and until the day they do, I think we're still on strong ground.
"I think it's a bit defeatist to be putting out the white flag just yet."
The ABC has approached Mr Ludwig for comment.
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