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NEWS RELEASE JOHN HOWARD, M.P.

M EM B ER FOR BENNELONG SHADO W M IN IS T E R FOR IN D U S TR IA L

R ELATIO NS, E M P L O Y M E N T & T R A IN IN G

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ACTU THREAT TO AIRLINE FLIGHTS

On the PM program tonight the assistant secretary of the ACTU, Ms Jenny George, implied that disrupting airline flights into and out of Victoria would be part of a planned escalation of tomorrow's general strike in Victoria.

Ms George refused to be specific with the excuse that she did not wish to warn employers of the disruption in advance.

What about the long-suffering Victorian public, Ms George?

Aren't they entitled to some consideration?

The Federal Government cannot sit on its hands while the Victorian Trades Hall Council and the ACTU threaten to escalate tomorrow's planned general strike into a campaign of rolling strikes and indefinite industrial disruption.

The Prime Minister and the Minister for Industrial Relations should call on the ACTU and the Victorian Trades Hall Council to categorically abandon threats of continuing industrial action, including the implied threat to disrupt airline

flights into and out of Victoria.

To do nothing to counteract these threats is to implicitly condone them.

The trade unions can do nothing but inflict more damage on Victoria's economy and greater suffering on the people of Victoria who have elected the Kennett Government to address Victoria's industrial anarchy.

Threats of escalation, including involvement of employees on federal awards, carry no guarantee that the strife will be confined to Victoria.

CANBERRA 9 November 1992

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