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Government must support arbitration commission's rejection of building agreement



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D eputy L eader of the O pposition '

NEWS RELEASE BY THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP D88/83

GOVERNMENT MUST SUPPORT ARBITRATION COMMISSION'S REJECTION OF BUILDING AGREEMENT_____________________________________

The Hawke Government emerges with no credit from the Arbitration Commission's welcome rejection of the Accord-breaking Building Industry Agreement.

The Government had supinely supported the "deal" now blocked by the Arbitration Commission which would have given building workers effective pay rises

of up to 11%, or 2h times the 4.3% to which the rest of the community is restricted. .

The Arbitration Commission's determination to stand by the arrangements ending the wage pause, under which

unions have given it undertakings not to seek additional settlements over the next 2 years, is in stark contrast

with the Hawke Government's weakness in the face of

union power in agreeing to support an agreement that was clearly outside the guidelines.

It is now up to the Government to give total support

to the Arbitration Commission's determination to stick to the policy of wage restraint that the Government

had effectively sought to undermine.

The Hawke Government must cease giving way to union

pressure, as it did in both supporting the building

agreement and prematurely ending the wage pause.

It must no longer be involved, either directly or

covertly, in undermining the cause of wage restraint

that is so vital for Australia's economic recovery .

and the creation of additional jobs.

Canberra 14 November 1983 Parliament House. Canberra. A C T 2 6 0 0