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Unions threatening to boycott talks over Queensland government asset sales should back their words with action, the opposition says.
The state government has hired former Reserve Bank chief Bernie Fraser to mediate the talks, which continue this week.
But the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has threatened to pull out of the talks, believing Treasurer Andrew Fraser has misrepresented their aim in the media, and is not at the table in good faith.
Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek on Monday told reporters the ETU should abandon the talks if it believes them pointless, and save taxpayers the expense of Bernie Fraser's bill.
"Those talks were always going to have a pre-determined outcome," Mr Langbroek said.
"The unions, they need to back up their words with deeds.
"Instead of just saying 'We're not going to be part of the talks', they need to withdraw their support from the Labor party they have provided for so long."
Meanwhile, about 70 per cent of delegates at the ALP far northern regional conference on Sunday passed a motion for the privatisation plans to be scrapped.
Mr Langbroek said it demonstrated the "palpable anger" over the sales throughout Queensland.
"I was in Townsville and Charters Towers at the weekend talking to people who are Labor to the bootstraps, people like the rail station master in Charters Towers about to lose his job," he said.
"The sense of people in Cairns where I was last week as well is exactly the same as throughout Queensland.
"We've got Labor union branch members who are furious at the government."
© 2009 AAP
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