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Thursday, 11 November 1976
Page: 2593

Mr WALLIS (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -Is the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations aware that some members of the staff of the Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority who have been under notice of dismissal since July but have now obtained alternative employment through their own efforts are being refused permission to resign from the Authority with full redundancy entitlements? Will the Minister give an undertaking that irrespective of the Government's decision on the plans for the restructuring of the industry, staff of the Authority who have received notice of retrenchment at the direction of the Minister and who have obtained alternative employment by their own efforts will be allowed to leave the Authority with their full redundancy entitlements?

Mr STREET (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Public Service Matters) - Yes, I am aware of the problem to which the honourable member has referred. I expect to be making a statement on the future of the stevedoring industry during the current session. As the honourable member would be aware, following long and detailed discussions with the unions involved satisfactory redundancy arrangements were arrived at for the members of the staff of the Authority. I am concerned at the uncertainty which surrounds thenimmediate future employment. Once I have made the parliamentary statement that I mentioned a moment ago I intend to confer again with the unions concerned on such issues as the honourable gentleman has raised.

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