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Productivity improvement in textile, clothing and footwear sectors



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1 SEPTEMBER 1 9 7 7

M I N I S T E R F O R P R O D U C T I V I T Y

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D IS C U S S IO N S B E G IN ON PR O D U C TIV IT Y IMPROVEMENT I N T E X T IL E , CLOTHING AND

FOOTWEAR SECTORS ■· (STATEMENT BY M IN IS T E R FOR P R O D U C T IV IT Y , IA N M A CPH EE, )

THE M IN IS T E R FOR P R O D U C T IV IT Y , IA N M ACPHEE, ANNOUNCED TO NIG H T ( 1 SEPTEM B ER )

THE OUTCOME O F D IS C U S S IO N S WHICH BEGAN TODAY TO DETERM INE THE SCOPE FO R

A PROGRAM OF P R O D U C TIV IT Y IMPROVEMENT IN THE T E X T IL E , CLOTHING AND

' FOOTWEAR IN D U S T R IE S . , ' .

THE D IS C U S S IO N TOOK PLA C E AT THE V IC T O R IA N CHAMBER OF MANUFACTURES I N

ST K IL D A ROAD, MELBOURNE AND WAS ATTENDED BY R E PR E SE N T A T IV E S OF EACH OF

THE T E X T IL E , CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR IN D U S T R IE S , THE INDUSTRY U N IO N S , .

INDUSTRY A S S O C IA T IO N S AND IN T E R E ST E D COMMONWEALTH DEPARTM ENTS.

THE M IN IS T E R S A ID " THE PURPOSE OF THE M EETIN G WAS TO B R IN G R E P R E S E N T A T IV E S

OF ALL IN T E R E ST E D P A R T IE S TOGETHER AND TO WORK OUT WAYS AND MEANS O F B E G IN N IN G

THE PROGRAM." HE EM PH A SISED THAT THE PROGRAM WOULD INVOLVE A COLLABORATIVE

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EFFO R T BY GOVERNMENT, TH E IN D U S T R IE S AND THE U N IO N S . ' .

MR MACPHEE S A ID THAT THE D IS C U S S IO N HAD RESULTED I N ACTION TO FORM THREE

T R IP A R T IT E GROUPS R E PR E SEN T A T IV E OF THE IN D U S T R IE S , THE U N IO N S AND GOVERNMENT.

EACH GROUP W ILL ID E N T IF Y AREAS WHERE PR O D U C T IV IT Y IMPROVEMENT MIGHT BE

ACHIEVED AND FORM P R O D U C TIV IT Y TEAMS EACH WORKING ON A S P E C I F I C P R O JE C T . (

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A SUITA BLY STA FFED O F F IC E W IT H IN THE DEPARTMENT O F PR O D U C TIV IT Y W IL L SU PPO RT '

THE PROGRAM.