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Tuesday, 27 March 1973
Page: 758

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

What steps has he taken to obtain observance of the Procedures for Dealing with Industrial Disputes as laid down by his Department, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the National Employers Policy Committee.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In Canberra, on 6th May 1970, agreement was reached on these procedures and an official announcement made which stated inter alia that the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the National Employers' Policy Committee would be advising their respective affiliates to adopt the principles expressed in the agreement. The announcement went on to say:

It will be the mutual responsibility of individual unions and employers to give effect to the guidelines in one of the following ways:

(a)   by incorporating the procedures in awards by consent; or

(b)   by incorporation in agreements lodged with the appropriate tribunals; or

(c)   by the formal exchange of agreed documents.

The meeting agreed it would be important to translate these principles into action as soon as practicable on the basis of mutual decisions by the parties; to the extent that the negotiating parties to these principles can assist in such implementation this will be done.'

Accordingly this responsibility for implementation and observance is primarily a matter for individual unions and employers.

It should be remembered that these procedures were agreed against a background of trade union opposition to any form of penal provisions and, as I have already publicly announced, the Government will be removing that disturbing element from the industrial arena. This should greatly facilitate the implementation by individual unions and employers of the recommended procedures.

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