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APPM dispute: Enough is enough!



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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY RAY GROOM, PREMIER OF TASMANIA, AND SENATOR PETER COOK, FEDERAL MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

APPM DISPUTE: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

We have today sent messages to the parties to the industrial dispute at APPM's Burnie Mill requiring them to attend a meeting we have jointly convened in Hobart tomorrow, Sunday 31 May 1992 at 5.00 pm.

At the meeting, we will require each of the parties to explain why this dispute cannot now be settled.

Over the last several days, we have been aware of talks between the parties which appeared to offer the hope of a settlement. Events yesterday suggest that these hopes have been dashed. This cannot be. The costs to the Australian and

Tasmanian economies, the damage to the Burnie community and the adverse effects on the welfare of the workers and shareholders of APPM would be too great if the momentum for settlement stalls and fizzles into a stand-off.

A stand-off invites new matters to intrude which will muddy the waters and put back further any possibility of a settlement.

We require the parties to advise us immediately that they will attend the meeting and be represented by their most senior officials.

We have told them to bring the necessary advisers or associates, or have them available, so that decisions may be made which will settle this matter on terms and conditions acceptable to the Industrial Relations Commission.

It is now the moment of truth in this dispute. We are hot interested in excuses, only outcomes. It must be settled now.

Contacts: Premier Groom - Adrian Lacey (002) 333 6007 Senator Cook - Gary Quinlan (06) 239 6083 (h) (06) 277 7320 (w) 30 May 1992

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