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Friday, 25 September 1942

Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In the absence of the Minister for Labour and National Service, I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aircraft Production whether his attention has been drawn to a press report this morning that a stop-work meeting of 1,500 employees of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation will be held to-day at the factory to consider the alleged refusal of the management to recognize shop committees, this refusal having followed the recent demand for a governmental inquiry into the administration of the corporation? As it appeal's to be the policy of the corporation to discourage shop committees, despite the fact that the workers have indicated their desire to co-operate with the management in facilitating production, and as it recently dismissed eight men, and later dismissed another man who was frequently ordered to be reinstated, on account of their having acted on shop committees, will the honorable gentleman intervene, with a view to preventing the development of the dispute, and take steps to have shop committees organized on a proper basis, in order to improve harmony, facilitate production, and establish a true basis of co-operation between the workers and the management in this government-owned industry?

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