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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister foi- Immigration and Minister for Information) . - I move -

That, in sub-clause ( 10. ) , the words " with such advancement in status and salary, beyond those held and received by him in the service of the Commonwealth immediately prior to his being taken over by the Company", be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words : - " of such status and salary, having regard to the period of service of that employee".

The provisions in sub-clauses 10 -and 11 have been included for the purposes of safeguarding the interests of the staffs, in accordance with the recommendations made at the London Telecommunications Conference in 1945. Sub-clause 10 deals with the employees of Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited, who transferred from the Commonwealth Public Service to the service of the company when the 1922, 1924 and 1927 agreements between the Commonwealth Government and the company came into effect. The sub-clause will entitle any such employees who are exclusively employed by the company in connexion with the radio-communication services to appointment to positions on the commission's staff, with such advancement in status and salary, beyond those held by these employees when previously in the service of the Commonwealth, as the commission considers just. Pension, superannuation retiring allowance, or furlough rights held by . these employees will be preserved .to them. The amendments and additions proposed to this sub-clause, as well as to sub-clause 11, are designed to place the several classes of employees of Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited and Cable and Wireless Limited, transferred to the service of. the commission, on the same relative basis in the preservation of existing rights, including those appertaining to pensions, superannuation, retiring allowance and furlough, as well as to ensure that employees, mainly but not exclusively engaged in telecommunication duties, will be eligible for transfer to the service of the commission.

Amendment .agreed to.

Amendment (by Mr. Calwell) proposed -

That, in sub-clause (1.1.). after the word " exclusively ", first occurring, 'the following words be inserted: - "or mainly".

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