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Wages stand-off the fault of the Hawke government



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NEWS RELEASE JOHN HOWARD, M.P.

M EM BER FOR BENNELONG S H A D O W M IN IS T E R F O R IN D U S T R IA L

R E L A T IO N S , Ε Μ ΙΗ Ο Υ Μ Ε Ν Γ 6- T R A IN IN G

IRET 27/91::· .

WAGES STAND-OFF THE FAULT OF THE HAWKE GOVERNMENT

Today's rejection by employers of the Government's wages guidelines put together in collaboration with the ACTU was totally predictable.

The stalemate is the fault of the Government which has reneged on its commitment to abide by the commission's national wage decision.

Refusal to accept the decision amounts to abandonment of the current wage-fixation system without anything to replace it.

The Government's action has left wages policy in no man's land.

The indecision is creating uncertainty and confusion among employers and employees.

The choice is clear.

The Government must either return to the failed mediocrity of the centralised wage-fixation system or embrace the Coalition's policy of genuine enterprise bargaining.

Sydney 23 May 1991

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