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Meat union leaders "on the ropes"



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RALPH HUNT MEDIA

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DEPUTY LEADER NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA 122/85

MEAT UNION LEADERS "ON THE ROPES"

The meat employees union was continuing to destroy its credibility by resorting to desperate tactics to retain the ^ inflexible tally slaughter system at all costs, the Opposition Primary Industry Spokesman, Mr Hunt, said this morning.

Reported threats by the AMIEU that meat employers would be "forced to pay, one way or another" for a $100,000 contempt of court fine against the union would not help the union’s public

reputation, Mr Hunt said.

"A rumoured week-long strike in Victoria to distort the market returns to graziers would be a clear abuse of union power.

"The unrelenting support of the ACTU for the meat union's actions

reflects badly on the Hawke Labor's Government's much flaunted

'special relationship' with the unions.

"There is growing dissent within the Australian community over

the way in which unions like the AMIEU continue to flout the

legal system at the expense of export earnings.

"Clearly the AMIEU leadership feels it has nothing to lose. Its credibility even with its own membership has lost ground in its crazy campaign to oppose the Mudginberri workers' contracts which enable them to earn twice as much as under its discredited tally

system.

"Attempts to bludgeon meat employers into submission will only further increase the growing dissatisfaction with the way in which some union leaders are seeking to abuse their powers at the

communities expense," Mr Hunt said.

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11 October 1985 Inquiries: (0 6 2 ) 73 2 2 93 /72 7419