The National Union of Workers is holding firm to its decision to back the ALP National Left to avoid the prime minister’s conscience vote on gay marriage, despite suggestions from the party’s Right that they had “binded” on the issue.

A senior NUW source at the party’s 46th national conference told Crikey this morning that last night’s pronouncements of unity following the Right’s 300-strong right caucus meeting and widely reported in the media, had been made in haste.