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MEDIA STATEMENT BY PETER SHACK SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

UNSW-CEDA STUDY OF MANAGEMENT INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ATTITUDES

Peter Shack, Opposition Spokesman on Employment and Industrial Relations, said today that no Australian likes industrial confrontation. The results of the UNSW-CEDA study of management industrial relations attitudes therefore came

as no surprise.

"Good industrial relations will always be based on mutually beneficial co-operation between employers and employees. The Opposition supports the co-operative approach wholeheartedly.

"The vital complementary factor is accountability. It is only through strong, mutual accountability between parties to industrial agreements that the stability and predictability which business leaders also favour can be achieved."

Mr. Shack said that there was little point in comparing the industrial relations record of the Fraser and Hawke Governments.

The Coalition's present industrial relations policy had been drafted after the Hawke Government came to office. The experience and lessons of the Fraser years had been drawn upon to devise a better policy than the Coalition has ever before had in the portfolio.

"The UNSW-CEDA study clearly signals to the Government that business leaders are not satisfied with the its u-.u, . management of industrial relations.

"Significantly, it revealed management perceptions of a shift of power in favour of unions and concern that the Commonwealth conciliation and arbitration system was not operating effectively."

Mr. Shack said that it would be unwise for the Government to sit back smugly and claim that the UNSW-CEDA study vindicates its handling of industrial relations.

"Employers are rightly keen to maintain a co-operative approach, but are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with unions failing to keep their end of the bargain. .

"It is on the question of accountability that the Hawke Government is letting the business community and the public down. Ultimately it will be called to account; v. on the matter by the electorate." . . . .

8th April, 1985 Contact: Chris Wallace (062)72 6651

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