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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Melbourne press last evening published the following statement: -

Judge Kelly, in the Arbitration Court at 2.30 to-day, will consider a notification by the Plumbers, Painters and Builders Labourers Unions of a dispute which may arise over the Allied Works Council's award for the Civil Constructional Corps. [ ask the Prime Minister whether the regulations constituting the Allied Works Council confer on the Director the power to make awards? If not, under what authority did the Director act ? Does the Government consider it to be a sound principle that the employer - in this case the Allied Works Council, on behalf of the Commonwealth Government - shall have the power to make awards and compel observance of them? In view of the protest of the combined unions, does the Government intend to intervene, or does it endorse the award and the method of its making, or either?

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