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National wage cases decision 1970



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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR LABOUR AND NATIONAL SERVICE,

THE HONOURABLE B. M. SNEDDEN, Q. C. , M.P.

NATIONAL WAGE CASES DECISION 1970

Mr Snedden said today the important thing for those

who receive wage increases as a result of the Commission’s -

decision of today is that those increases are real and not

merely illusory money increases.

In its decision the Commission stated that the wage

increase will be in excess of $720 million a year on the annual

wage bill.

If we are to enjoy increased .real wage standards we

must increase the productivity performance of our economy. The

increase of our productivity involves all sections of our com­

munity, through the unskilled on the plant floor to senior

management. ' .

Productivity increase is not just working harder, very

often it's working less hard, but essentially it's working more

effectively. I look forward to an increased willingness from

every-body in the work force to lift the productivity perform­

ance. Indeed, it is imperative that Australians do so to sus­

tain the real value of wage increases. :

Another aspect which is most important is the time

lost by industrial strikes. Already in the first nine months

of this year, 1.8 million man days have been lost. The strain

upon our economic performance,, upon costs, upon continuity of

work processes is apparent to everybody. The time has arrived

f or:responsible trade union leaders to give strength of leader­

ship in moderating this loss. ·â–  "

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It is worthwhile highlighting a significant paragraph

from the Commission's judgement referring to wage claims out­

side the Commission. .

"If this large award increase is not followed by

. restraint in claims in the field, the Commission may be frus­

trated in its desire to ensure that the results of economic

progress are distributed as equitably as possible to all."

14th December, 1970