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Thursday, 27 June 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY - A dispute is developing on the Sydney waterfront because the firm of Poole and Steel cannot agree that the labour which it requires shall be picked up according to the roster system which has been in operation for some time. At the moment, the dispute is confined to this one firm; but the ship painters and dockers section of the Chamber of Manufactures has notified all other employers engaged in the same class of work that, unless this firm agrees to adopt this method of engaging labour, they are to lock out their employees. Judge O'Mara has taken cognizance of the dispute and has referred it to Conciliation Commissioner Findlay, who has advised both parties of his intention to call them together next Monday, in an effort to find a solution of the trouble. I hope that meanwhile the employers will not persist with their intention to lock out their men.

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