The Australian Workers Union has urged the national Labor party executive to intervene and overturn the Tasmanian branches preselection process to make it "fair" and redo its preselection, after a popular mayor was left off the ballot.
The right-leaning union sent a letter to the national Labor party on Sunday, outlining its requests for the national executive to intervene after the state administrative committee changed its preselection processes and did not preselect Kingsborough mayor Dean Winter.
AWU acting national secretary Misha Zelinsky said in the letter the union wanted all preselection decisions for the House of Assembly positions previously made by the party's administrative committee revoked.
He said Mr Winter should be preselected as an additional Franklin candidate as he was "materially and unfairly disadvantaged" by the preselection process.
"Based on the evidence, it appears to the AWU that there has been a concerted campaign to block the Labor candidacy of our member, Mr Winter, by any means possible," Mr Zelinksy said.
"By actively seeking to block Mr Winter from standing as a candidate, Labor is wilfully harming its own electoral prospects at a critical election.
"Since the election has been called, the majority of the administrative committee has implemented a panicked, confusing and procedurally unfair process to pre-select candidates."
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Mr Zelinsky said if a "fair" preselection process was not established, the national executive should determine the appropriate Labor candidates instead.
The party's administrative committee, which is dominated by the party's left faction, tried in December to change preselection to a two-stage ballot process. In which three candidates were preselected in each of the five electorates, before the remaining candidates were selected in a second round
Sections of Labor's left faction believe Mr Winter, the former economic advisor in Labor leader Rebecca White's office, is "anti-worker" - an assertion he has denied - and that his principles do not align with traditional working class values.
However, three former premiers and sections of Labor's right faction believe Mr Winter is the right pick.
Ms White said she became aware of the AWU letter on Sunday, and it had to stop but would not elaborate who had to stop or what they needed to stop.
She said her focus and priority remained on ensuring Tasmanians had secure jobs, a roof over their head and access to the healthcare they needed.
"My view is this has got to stop," she said.
"This has been something that has unfortunately dragged on for too long. It does have to stop.
"We will have all of our candidates resolved and they will be announced publicly by the deadline, which is obviously Wednesday."
Ms White said she would be releasing a detailed statement on Monday afternoon, but it is yet to be released.
Nominations the state election close at 12pm on Wednesday.
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