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Wednesday, 2 September 1942
Page: 62

The following answer to a question was circulated: -

Shale Oil Production : Workers at Glen Davis.

Mr Curtin - On the 8th May, 1942, the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) asked me a question relating to the uniformity of working conditions and arbitration laws as applying to workers at Glen Davis, arising from the grant of an increase in payment of an isolation or camping allowance.

I now desire to inform the honorable member .that Mr. Morrison, Conciliation Commissioner, was instructed by Judge O'Mara to proceed to Glen Davis to deal with the matter under regulation 15 of the National Security (Industrial Peace) Regulations. On the 27th July, 1942, a conference between representatives of National Oil Proprietary Limited and of fourteen unions was presided over by the Conciliation Commissioner and an agreement was arrived at. The effect of the agreement is that the ls. 6d. a day or 10s. 6d. a week granted by Judge O'Mara on the 4th May, 1942, to metal trades workers camping at Glen Davis is to be extended to all employees except shale-miners, whether or not they live in cubicles, tents or houses, to be known in future as a " locality " allowance. The company, on a suggestion by the Conciliation Commissioner, agreed not to make any further deductions of ls. 6d. a man a week for cleaning camp. The shale-miners will still receive the " special disability allowance " of 3s. 6d. a day or 17s. 6d. a week awarded to them by Judge Drake-Brockman as chairman of the Central Coal Reference Board.

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