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Friday, 25 September 1970

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

(1)   Did the Commonwealth or the National Employers Policy Committee give any undertaking during their meeting with representatives, of the Australian Council of Trade Unions to guarantee that there will be no victimisation of accredited job representatives who are called upon to represent the views of their fellow employees in discussions with representatives of employers, in accordance with the procedures agreed upon for avoiding and settling industrial disputes.

(2)   Is it essential that an accredited job representative should be free to state fearlessly the views and grievances of those whom he represents without even the slightest possibility of suffering victimisation.

(3)   If so, will he consider amending the Act in such a way as to prohibit the dismissal of an accredited job representative for any reason which may be related to his union position, with the provision that where a dismissal of a job representative takes place, the onus should be on the employer to prove that the dismissal was not directly or indirectly due to his activities as a job representative.

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

(1)   I would draw the attention of the honourable member to the answer to question No. 1000.

(2)   It is essential that employer and union representatives conduct their relationships with one another in a responsible fashion.

(3)   I would refer the honourable member to section 3 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act.

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