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Pilots' dispute



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MEDIA RELEASESEN A TO R FRED C H A N E Y DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

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PIIOTS' DISPUTE

Any possibility of an end to this unnecessarily-prolonged and destructive dispute is welcomed.

The tragedy is the same result could have been achieved months ago, either through negotiation, always our preferred option, or effective arbitration.

Instead, we've had a war of attrition which has left thousands of Australians badly damaged economically as well as imposing enormous inconvenience.

The divisive approach adopted by the Government made settlement by agreement impossible. Its refusal to give the arbitration system effective powers made that option ineffective without the agreement of both airlines and pilots to submit to arbitration.

The only solution supported by the Government was drawn-out trench warfare which has done so much damage.

It should, months ago, have directed its own airline, Australian, to test the claimed willingness of the pilots to negotiate on pay, productivity, hours and conditions.

CANBERRA 30 November 1989 Contact: Keith Kessell (062) 77 3170

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