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

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P E T E R S H A C K . M .P . FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH AFFAIRS

MEDIA RELEASE. A July 1985. T54/85

"SHACK RETURNS FROM U.K."

Speaking on his return from a study trip to the United Kingdom, the Federal Member for Tangney, and Opposition spokesman on employment and industrial relations, Mr Peter Shack, said that the Thatcher Government has had considerable

success in bringing about a new industrial relations climate in the United Kingdom.

Mr Shack said, "There are lessons to be learnt from the British experience which could be of great benefit to Australian employers and employees."

"The British Government has made significant progress towards re-asserting the primacy of the relationship between employers and employees and re-introducing accountability and responsibility in trade union attitudes and trade union actions," he said.

Mr Shack said that in order to re-assert the primacy of the relationship between employers and employees, the British Government is exhorting British management to recognise that the greatest asset of employers is not their plant or equipment, but the people who work for them.

"The whole concept of privatisation adopted by the British Government is to allow employees to have a financial stake in their employers business," Mr Shack said.

"The moves towards greater employee participation include innovative concepts of remunerating employees by a series of profit sharing schemes which give them a direct share in the product of their labour and productivity," he added.

"The very best industrial relations are not made or manufactured in any Court, or Arbitration Commission but in workplaces where employers and employees recognise that in a very competitve environment their interests are one and the same and that they have to get along with one

another if they are to survive," Mr Shack said.

"The application of these initiatives to the Australian workplace would be of great benefit to employees and businesses throughout the Tangney electorate and the country as a whole," Mr Shack concluded.

Contact: Delys Newman (09) 364 5554