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Opposition welcomes Castle Bacon decision



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OPPOSITION WELCOMES CASTLE BACON DECISION

The Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr Peter Reith, MP today strongly supported the decision of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission to uphold a voluntary agreement reached between Castle Bacon Pty Ltd and its employees.

The agreement is a classic case of direct dealing between employees and their employer to raise wages and productivity simultaneously. It was a matter of great concern to the Opposition that a single Commissioner originally rejected the agreement at the behest pf the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union, which had shown a totally negative approach to negotiating a second tier pay rise. The good sense of the Full Bench in upholding the appeal against that decision is to be applauded.

Closer co-operation and more direct dealing between employer*- and employees is central to the Opposition's industrial relations policy.

Unfortunately it remains the case .that. th& existing institutional arrangements discourage these types of agreements.

During the debate on the Industrial Relations Bill the Opposition moved a series of amendments designed to give individual employees a much greater role in the industrial relations system. These amendments have all been opposed by the Government which argues that they would undermine the representative role of trade unions and the existing industrial relations system.

The Opposition welcomes the fact that the Full Bench of the Commission appears to agree with our approach which is intended to give a greater role and more freedom of choice to employees. The Commission's willingness to support this approach amply demonstrates that the Coalition's policy in favour of voluntary agreements between employers and employees is capable of

effective implementation.

10 October 1988

For further information contact: Peter Reith, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations -(062) 774029 or 773815