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Friday, 5 June 1970

Mr SNEDDEN - I have been informed that there was a threat of strike action by the air hostesses and that strike action was averted by the meeting of their claims. I am unaware as to whether one of the airlines was willing to grant the claims at an earlier point of time and that the other was not. I just do not know the answer to that.

The thing that is important in industrial relations is that when a claim is made both parties come together for the purpose of conciliating where possible. If conciliation efforts fail the parties should come together to arbitrate and when arbitration is made they should accept that arbitration. There is no reason whatever why there should be any industrial stoppages at all. The reason there are stoppages is the failure of parties to conciliate or more likely the failure of parties to accept arbitration when it is given.

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