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Friday, 25 September 1970

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

Did any discussions take place at the recent conference between the Commonwealth, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the National Employers Policy Committee as to whether an accredited job representative should be granted the necessary time off without loss of pay to (a) attend the enrolment of employees eligible to become members of his union (b) communicate with the full-time officials of his organisation whenever such communication becomes necessary during working hours (c) discuss grievances with fellow employees on the job during working hours and (d) communicate and discuss complaints with management during working hours.

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Presumably, the honourable member is referring to the national agreement on 'Principles for guidance in establishing and using effective procedures for avoiding and settling industrial disputes' arrived at between the A.C.T.U., the National Employers' Policy Committee and my colleague, the Attorney-General, and myself. As the title of the agreement suggests, it relates only to principles that all 'parties considered should be applied in drawing up detailed procedures to meet the needs of particular industries and establishments. Detailed matters such as those referred to in the honourable member's question will be open to consideration by parties drawing up detailed procedures in light of the principles agreed to.

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