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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr JAMES - During his visit to the coal-fields, the Minister for Labour and National Service ascribed 80 per cent. of the trouble in the coal-mining industry to the pin-pricking methods of the coal-owners. Has the Ministerbeen informed that since then there have been two distinct breaches of awards by the monopolistic companies, the Australian Iron and Steel Coal Mines Limited and J. and A. Brown and Abermain Seaham Collieries Limited? The first-named company refused to pay yardage rates which havebeen accepted for years, and the second attempted to coerce a man named Mitchell to take the place of another unionist, thereby causing an inter-union dispute.

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