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Wednesday, 16 February 1977


Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many breaches of awards under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act by (a) employees and (b) employers have been confirmed by arbitration inspectors in the last 12 months.

(2)   Against how many (a) employees and (b) employers have prosecutions been commenced.

(3)   Does he have the final authority to determine whether prosecution proceedings will be undertaken.


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

(1)   During the 12 months ending on 30 September 1976 the Commonwealth Arbitration Inspectorate confirmed the existence of 7737 breaches by employers of the terms of awards made by the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. The Inspectorate did not record any breaches of awards by employees.

(2)   Proceedings were taken against 2 1 employers in the 12 months ended 30 September 1976. There were no proceedings over this period against employees.

(3)   Proceedings and prosecutions recommended by Arbitration Inspectors for breach or non-observance of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 or the regulations made thereunder or an award or order made under the Act may be authorised by the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations or by the Secretary of that Department or by an

 

officer of that Department designated for that purpose by the Secretary.

The honourable member's attention is also directed to section 1 19 (2) of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act which permits persons (other than arbitration inspectors), registered organisations and parties to an award or order to sue for a penalty and recover monies owing to employees.







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