Bill Shorten has used WA to sharpen his pitch to the business community, promising unions and bosses would be able to negotiate long-term workplace agreements for so called “mega projects” such as mines and oil and gas operations.

Speaking at The West Australian’s Leadership Matters business breakfast, the Opposition Leader promised that if elected he would consider changes to workplace laws to allow the formation of so-called “greenfields” agreements for new projects.

Mr Shorten also put WA at the centre of future discussions on IR, promising he would bring businesses and unions together for a major meet in Perth soon after the election.

He said the event would not be the forerunner to a new accord between business and unions, though he signalled it could lead to broad future agreements between companies and workers.

Image: Bill Shorten. Picture: The Sunday Times. 

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