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The building industry pay deal

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Leader of the Opposition /



"The Government's views on the building industry pay deal have been quite properly rejected by the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

The Commission shows a clearer understanding of the consequences of the deal than does the Government itself.

The Opposition welcomes the Commission's decision.

The Government must have realised that the deal would have torpedoed the Prices and Incomes Accord. :

Yet the Government still capitulated to the industrial muscle of the building unions and supported the deal.

The Government could not have seriously expected other Australian workers to accept 4.3% while the building workers received 11%.

Fortunately the Arbitration Commission recognised that demands for a flow-on would have been inevitable. The ACTU had already supported a flow-on.

And this is at a time when the 4.3% wage increase has placed enormous cost pressures on employers. And at a time when our inflation rate is still twice that of our international competitors.

It is now to be hoped that the Government will give full support to the Commission's decision."

14 NOVEMBER 1983

Parliament H ouse, Canberra, A.C.T. 2600 Phone 72 6994