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Alan Cadman MP, acting Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

E M B ARGOED U NTIL 12 MIDNIGHT 7 JUNE 1985

PRESS RELEASE 7 June 1985

ALA N CADM A N MP ACT I N G SHADOW M I N I S T E R F O R E MPLO Y M E N T AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.

Queen s l a n d employers are far mor e confident following the firm action by the Q ueen s l a n d G over n m e n t in the electricity dispute. ,

Following my visit to Q u eensland I have returned w i t h a clear u n d e r s tanding of the significant impact on industrial relations that has been achieved by the Q u e e n s l a n d Gover n m e n t in their dete r m i n a t i o n not to be held to ransom by m ili t a n t unionists w o r k i n g in essential services.

All employers have noted the result and, in my discussions wit h tnem, indicate their feeling of relief in the w a y that the dispute w as settled and the fact that they also will be able to stand up to unreasonable demands by the most .

notorious and m i l i t a n t unions. . . ยท .

The Federal legislation introduced by Mr W i l l i s to have conditions of employment for e l e c tricity w o rkers in Q ueensland c onsidered by the Concil i a t i o n and A r b i tration C ommission has misled many Q ueen s l a n d power w o rkers to think

that r einstatement of sacked workers will now take place.

This will not h a p p e n .

The jobs have already been filled and both the ALP G o v e r n m e n t in Canbe r r a and the ACTU have not been prepared to admit that their activ i t i e s have been nothing but window-dressing.

In fact the intervention of Mr Crean was ineffective, ill-timed and poorly considered.

This is another instance w here Mr Crean has not been able to deliver the goods requested by power workers, but in fact proved to be an irresponsible action w h i c h put A u s t r a l i a on the w orld stage of being incapable of d e aling with industrial d i s p u t e s .

- As the c u r r e n t Government is.captive of the ACTU, its

pre d i c t a b l e c a p - i n-hand a cquie s c e n c e to A C T U demands on this matter will only introduce the poor impression the G o v e r n m e n t has created in industrial relations ma t t e r s in international circles for potential investors and their job in creating

capacity.

Mr Crean blew the case, the Federal G o v e r n m e n t tagged along but f o r t unately the G overnment and the employers of Queen s l a n d will now have peace for a long time in essential . services industries. .

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This latter fact will help create more jobs and provide a greater sense of stability for those seeking jobs - something that does not exist elsewhere in Australia.

Contact Numbers: Alan Cadman MP 02/6531302 Christine Wallace 02/3375164