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Keating's threat of union non-co-operation is nonsense



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NEWS RELEASE

JOHN HOWARD, M.P. MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RQ1A'TIQNS. EMPLOYMENT G TRAINING

IRET 007/93

KEATING'$ THREAT OF UNION NON-CO-OPERATION IS NONSENSE

The Prime Minister's claim today that the agreement between the National Rail Corporation and the national rail unions would not have been possible under a Liberal-National Party Government is arrant nonsense.

The opposite is true. Workplace agreements are much more likely to be achieved - and achieved quicker - under a Coalition Governmert than a Labor Government because individual workers will be signatories, and they will be able to deal directly with management should they choose.

At the moment only 25 per cent of workers on federal awards are subject to enterprise agreements - less than 10 per cent of the workforce - and unions, not individual employees, are signatories.

Mr Keating's is the same kind of empty threat of union intransigence and non-co-operation with a non-Labor Government that was used in the recent Victorian election campaign.

Vc-t t hn KannPt C i . rnmPnt has juszt roachod an agroemon-t with

one of the most militant unions in Victoria - the Australian Tramway and Motor Omnibus Employees Association,

Mr Keating might like to try to explain that away.

SYDNEY 16 February 1993.

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH