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Government's wage case submission



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR FRED CHANEY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

GOVERNMENT'S WAGE CASE SUBMISSION

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY C. I. s. 61/88

The Government has failed to grasp the nettle in its submission to the national wage case.

It seems to be ignoring the fact that Australia has a $100 billion plus debt and continuing real economic difficulties.

In those circumstances there is an absolute imperative to ensure that we don't get wage rises which are not supportable by the economy. That means a much clearer emphasis on productivity gains so that we can pay for any wage rises.

While the Government has moved ever so slightly away from the ACTU position it has not had the courage to make a stand based on the economic realities which confront Australia.

It has effectively passed the buck to the Commission and, given the fact that there will inevitably be wages drift and some additional flow through from the second tier, the Government is by default endorsing a wages outcome significantly above the projected rate of inflation and not necessarily productivity-related.

MELBOURNE 28 June 1988

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