Prime Minister Julia Gillard
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Leadership reports 'BS': union

TREASURER Wayne Swan and other senior Labor figures hosed down suggestions the party and its vital union backing was moving away from supporting Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Thursday.

A report in the Australian Financial Review, published on Thursday, detailed a meeting of union leaders that were reportedly considering their options in backing former party leader Kevin Rudd.

But Mr Swan told reporters such reports were not worth the paper they were written on and the parliamentary and organisational wing of the party remained supportive of Ms Gillard.

The comments were also backed by senior Labor minister Chris Evans, who reaffirmed his support for Ms Gillard on Thursday.

Australian Council of Trade Unions head Dave Oliver also spoke out, telling reporters they were plain wrong.

And Australian Workers Union chief Paul Howes wrote on his Twitter account that the report was "BS", adding that all unions still supported the Prime Minister.



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