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Wednesday, 25 August 1920

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) . - I move -

That after the word "amended," the following words be inserted, " by inserting in subsection 1, after the word ' dismiss', the words, or threaten to dismiss and ' "

These words, I believe, have been suggested by arbitration authorities. Quite a number of cases have come under the notice of some of the unions, of employers " holding the whip " over employees by threatening to dismiss them for doing work for their unions, such as giving evidence, taking part in arbitration proceedings, and generally assuming a fighting attitude on behalf of their fellows. For an employer who dismisses an employee on such grounds there is a penalty, but there is no penalty for a threat to dismiss.

Mr Considine - The penalty under the principal Act is, useless, anyhow.

Mr FENTON - That may be, but a request has been made to me by unionists to have these words inserted.

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