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FROM TH E MINISTER» FOR E M P LO Y M E N T AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P. a n d THE HON. PETER NIXON, M.P., ,

ACTING MINISTER FOR TRADE AND RESOURCES

STRIKE 3Y COALMINERS IN QUEENSLAND

The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, The Hon.

Tony Street, M.P., and the Acting Minister for Trade & Resources,

The Hon. Peter Nixon, M.P., today expressed their grave concern at the impact on Australia's reputation as a reliable trading

nation of the strike in the Utah coalmines in Queensland.

"This strike, which is now in its third week,.is having an immense

impact on Australia's foreign exchange earnings and about $14M. per

week is being lost as a consequence. Federal and State Government

revenues lost are more than $6M. per day. The coalminers are , losing, more than $150,000 per day in wages," the Ministers said.

"The strike is yet another example of disputes which in the recent

past have seriously affected Australia's export industries." The

Ministers emphasised that the claim by the coalminers for increased

over award payments had been before the Chairman of the Coal Reference

Board on at least two occasions. . . ■

"The Government wants to see the dispute settled. The machinery

exists to settle it, end the hardship on the employees and their families, and repair the damage done to Australia's reputation."

The Ministers said that the Government would continue to keep the

developments in this dispute under close scrutiny, and they had

already informed the Australian Council of Trade Unions of the

Government's deep concern. ■

CANBERRA 6 July 1978