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Federal Member for La Trobe

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AC,"rn4G SWAAOW iiS1R FOR DmUSTRLIL RELATIONS, 'LOYMEN'r & TRAI ZING

GOVERNMENT ASKING THE COMMTSSTON TO BREAK THE LAW

The Federal , Government's request of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to defer the amalgamation process in anticipation of an amendment to the Industrial Relations Act is outrageous.

It is asking the commission to ignore the statutory responsibilities imposed on it by the parliament.

Not to put too fine a point on it, the Government is asking the commission to break the law.

The request is a tacit admission that the amalgamation process should have been arrested as soon as the Government had decided to recognise the ILO's finding that the minimum union

membership provision was an abuse of the right of freedom of

association.

Recognition would have required simple repeal of S.193A, but the opportunity was lost in the Government's inordinate rush to get its legislation through the last sitting of the parliament.

The Opposition opposed the amalgamation process when it was legislated into law and continues to oppose it.

Not only are the minimum membership provisions an abuse of the right of trade unionists to associate freely. They are totally at variance with the need to accommodate enterprise agreements

by allowing the emergence of, small, enterprise-based unions.

The Government has no choice but to ensure that its amending legislation provides for an undoing of the amalgamation process.

The Government also should concede that any imposed- minimum membership requirement would be contrary to employees' right to associate freely.

CANBERRA 9 June 1993

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