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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 41

(Question No. 1528)


Senator Hamer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 17 November 1986:

(1) What restrictive work practices are in force in the Australian National Airlines Commission and subsidiaries, which, in the opinion of management, reduce productivity without any compensatory safety or industrial health benefits.

(2) What restrictive work practices in force at the Australian National Airlines Commission and subsidiaries, while having some safety or industrial health benefits, are done in such a way that comparable benefits could be achieved with less loss of productivity.

(3) What new restrictive work practices, of the type noted above, have come into force in the last year.

(4) What restrictive work practices, of the type noted above, have been eliminated in the past year and what have been the benefits to productivity in each case.

(5) Has the management advised the Minister for Aviation of the total annual cost of these restrictive work practices; if so, what is the total annual cost of these restrictive work practices.


Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) Australian airlines, has, over the past several months, developed a program to identify restrictive work practices within its organisation, and consultation has taken place at the work place and with local union officials being involved where appropriate.

(3) and (4) Australian airlines management is arranging a meeting with representatives of all major unions represented within the company where restrictive work practices will be discussed and a plan for progressive review will be developed.

(5) Australian airlines is committed to the elimination of inefficient practices and believes that its program will produce beneficial results.