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Secret Ballots For Trade Union Elections



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fiu* FROM THE D EPU TY LEADER O F THE OPPOSITION THE HON. P H IL L IP LYNCH, M P

T he D eputy L e a d e r of the O pposition, M iy P hi^li^ L ynch, today c tile d upon th e GoV6rrim

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M r. L ynch sa id th a t th is would be an im p o rta n t s te p to w ard s providing affective rh em b b rsh ip c o n tro l of tra d e unions ih th is co u n try . ii ·!:

"T he p re s e n t le v e l of in d u s tria l u rire si ih Sb msn^r c r itic a l a r e a s of the

A u s tra lia n econom y h as re a c h e d c r itic a l p ro p o rtio n s .

" C le a rly in d u s tria l u n re s t h a s re a c h e d e p id e m ic le v e ls .

"T he c a p a c ity of the p re s e n t G o v ern m en t to put an end to in d u s tria l c o n fro n ta tio n would be one of its e a rly t e s ts of c re d ib ility .

"T h o se who b e n efit m o st fro m the ’use* of m u sc le in in d u s tria l d isp u te s a r e th e stro n g , la r g e o rg a n is a tio n s , e ith e r e m p lo y e rs o r tra d e u n io n s.

" it is th e s m a ll m an - the em p lo y er o r tr a d e union - who is h it h a r d e s t.

"A g r e a te r e m p h a sis on th e p ro c e s s e s of tr a d e n eg o tiatio n s, c o n c ilia tio n and a rb itra tio n is n e c e s s a r y to e n co u rag e a s e n s e of p a rtn e r re la tio n s h ip betw een em p lo y ees and e m p lo y e rs , eac h re c o g n isin g th e ir rig h ts , d u ties to the o th e r and to th e com m unity.

" O rd e rly p ro c e s s e s of d e te rm in a tio n fo r in d u s tria l a g re e m e n ts and a w a rd s fo rm th e b a s ic u n d e rla y of in d u s tria l p eace and o r d e r .

"T he only a lte rn a tiv e is the law of th e in d u s tria l jungle and th a t is w hat

we a r e now heading to w a rd s.

"In th e f i r s t th re e m onths of 1974, both w orking days lo s t and e s tim a te d lo s s in w ages w e re up s u b s ta n tia lly m o re th an 400% on fig u re s in th e c o rre sp o n d in g p e rio d in 1973.

"T he in te n sity of c u rr e n t s tr ik e a c tiv ity is a c le a r in d icatio n of the grow ing

le v e l of fru s tra tio n and w o rk e r d is s a tis fa c tio n w ith to d a y 's econom ic c o n d itio n s ."

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JUNE 24, 1974.