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Union fails proceed with case claiming jobs losses under GST and from Asian crisis



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A U S T R A L I A N H O T E L S A S S O C I A T I O N

24 Brisbane Avenue Barton ACT 2600 · PO Box 4286 Manuka ACT 2603 · Australia email: theaha@ ozem ail.com .au · Facsimile: (02) 6273 4011 · Telephone (02) 62 73 4007

Richard J Mulcahy National Executive Director

MEDIA RELEASE 9 Febraury 1999

UNION FAILS TO PROCEED WITH CASE CLAIMING JOBS LOSSES UNDER GST AND FROM ASIAN CRISIS

The LHMWU - covering Australia's 200,000 hotel industry workers has applied to indefinitely adjourn an application which sought to impose special consultative arrangements for workers facing redundancies through both the Asian crisis and the p ‘

The Australian Hotels Association said today that the backdown by the union on the matter cast serious doubt on claims that there would be widespread job losses arising from both the Asian crisis and the introduction of GST.

"We have undertaken surveys throughout our membership seeking views as to possible redundancies from both events and we have failed to find evidence supporting the view that job losses are imminent," the National Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association, Mr Richard Mulcahy said in

Canberra today.

"The matter came before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission this morning and the union asked for the matter to be put off indefinitely as they were unable to quantify the impacts of the Asian crisis and GST.

"It seems to be a case of "beating the drum" in relation to widespread sackings without having the supporting evidence to back up the claims.

"The union's position seems highly inconsistent - on one hand they are arguing for a pay increase through the ACTU in the Living Wage Case and on the other hand they have lodged an application claiming jobs are at risk in the hotel industry. The LHMWU leadership appears to be in a state of considerable

confusion at the present time and should collectively resolve to work cooperatively on industry issues rather than promote disquiet amongst investors and employees, " Mr Mulcahy said.

Mr Mulcahy also repeated the AHA's call for any increase under the Living Wage Case to be conditional on a moratorium on other applications for change and wage increases.

"Unless some sense can prevail on the part of the union, there can be no justification in granting wage increases whilst other pay applications are being continually lodged with the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, " Mr Mulcahy said.

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