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Deputy Leader of the Opposition

NEWS RELEASE BY THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP D69/83

ACTU ULTIMATUM THREATENS ACCORD

The bullying ultimatum delivered by the ACTU yesterday to the Arbitration Commission, is the latest threat to the Prices and Incomes Accord.

This Accord was supposed to be a give and take understanding with each party to the agreement accepting the umpire1s decision.

The ACTU1s threat of industrial action unless it gets what it wants out of the Arbitration Commission crudely undermines respect for the Accord.

It illustrates yet again the unwillingness or inability of the union movement to stay within the terms of a concluded agreement.

It is to be hoped that the Arbitration Commission does its job and does not bow to this kind of pressure. The last thing the Australian economy wants at present is an immediate return to full wage indexation. It will worsen the already bleak prospects for the unemployed.

Even the NSW Premier Mr Wran recognises this.

These threats and the further evidence this week of wage claims being agreed to outside the terms of the Accord, serve to demonstrate yet again how risky it was of the Government to build this year's budget

strategy upon the success of the Prices and Incomes Accord..

CANBERRA

16 September 1983

Mr Howard may be contacted in his Canberra office if required.

73 2296, 72 6796

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