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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1637

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   What was the number of man hours lost and the extent of the disruption to industry, caused by the recent stoppage of tanker drivers in New South Wales.

(2)   What was the reason for this dispute and what action was taken by the Government to bring it to an end.

(3)   What steps is the Government taking to reduce the incidence of demarcation disputes within and between unions.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The stoppage by tanker drivers and airport refuellers extended from midnight on 18th January 1973, to midnight on 30th January 1973, thus resulting in an estimated loss of 45,500 man hours.

(2)   The dispute concerned the delay in the commencement of negotiations for a new award in the oil industry. Associated with this delay was the question of whether the federally-registered Transport Workers' Union of Australia or the state-registered Transport Workers' Union of Australia, New South Wales Branch, was entitled to represent transport workers covered by the award in New South Wales. The Government was also in close consultation with the Australian Council of Trade Unions throughout the stoppage and as the honourable member will be aware the ACTU played a significant part in resolving the dispute.

(3)   I refer the honourable member to my second reading speech on the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill.

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