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Crean's threat of industrial chaos unless the Arbitration Commission grants a $7 across-the-board wage increase is totally irresponsible



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

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

C. 1. s.

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Mr. Cream's threat of industrial chaos unless the Arbitration Commission grants a $7 across-the-board wage increase is totally irresponsible.

A few weeks ago when the Secretary of the ACTU, Mr. Kelty, made a similar threat I urged Mr. Crean to demonstrate his leadership and to repudiate such a futile and divisive course of action.

I had hoped Mr. Crean would show a greater sense of the national interest. We are constantly being told the ACTU today is a sophisticated and enlightened organisation, concerned with the country's best interests. If it was,

industrial blackmail would not be acceptable to the ACTU President.

Sadly, Mr. Crean's latest comments suggest that he does not care one iota for the future of this nation, nor, ultimately, his own members.

It is time that Mr. Crean told the truth.

He must know how precarious our economic position is. He should explain to his members that money wage rises which bear no relation to productivity improvement will merely add to costs and inflation, worsening our

economic predicament and ultimately lowering workers' living standards.

PERTH 13 January 1988 (09) 325 8179