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Government's waterfront reforms face collapse



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JOHN SHARP

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

MEDIA RELEASE

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GILMORE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SHIPPING AND WATERFRONT REFORM

PO BOX 700, GOULBURN 2580: Tel 048 21 1399, Fax 048 21 9766

BQVBRHMEKT'S «ATERFRQHT RE * « K * i ‘ * FACE COLLAFSl

Mr. John Sharp, Shadow Minister for Shipping end Waterfront

Reform said that the comments made at the Aus-Shipplng 91

Conference in Hobart confirm the Opposition's constant

criticism that the Government's Waterfront reform programme

faces collapse.

"Criticisms by Peter Evans, Chairman of the Waterfront

Industry Reform Authority (W.I.R.A.), that there is an "urgent

requirement to accelerate the rate of reform" and from Colin

Coventry, Executive Director of the Association of Employers

of Waterfront Labour (A.E.W.L.), that progress is

Himperceptible", confirm the fallacy of Labor's so called

Waterfront Reform programme."

"After nearly two yeare of big promises and outrageous claims

by the Minister for Shipping, Senator Collins and Prime

Minister Hawke, these two leaders of the Waterfront industry

reveal the fantasies that have been peddled to us by Labor."

"Typically Senator Collins tries to pass off the failures of

the Government's Waterfront Reforms to the managers of

Stevedoring companies. Senator Collins would do his

credibility some good if he was prepared to criticise his

trade union mates and indeed hie own Governments lack of

courage to tackle the unions, instead of blaming the Stevedore

managers."

"The fact is, blame for our Waterfront' o hopeless

inefficiencies rests with all three groups - Government,

Unions and employers."

"Labor refuse» to open the door to real Waterfront reform by

not doing away with the Job for life for wharfies. As Colin

Coventry from AEWL points out in his comments, the current

oversupply of labour on the Waterfront is due to "& reform

agreement that provides security for existing employees".

"This failure to tackle the Waterside Workers Federation has

led to an oversupply of 500 workers day after day on the

Waterfront. In fact following a huge drop in the volume of

trade over the Waterfront due to the recession, coupled with

the hopeless pace of reform, Australia's Waterfront is now

probably more inefficient than it was before the Government

commenced its reform programme."

"Comments such as those made at the Aus-Shipping Conference

prove that the Government's propaganda campaign, fabricating

gains on the Waterfront, is just so much hot air coming from a

gutless Government," Mr. Sharp said.

Ends....WR/77

2/8/91

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