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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr WATKINS (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Labour and National Service aware that serious industrial unrest exists in the metal trades industry as a result of the recent Galvin award? Can he say whether this unrest is due to discrepancies that exist between the margins provided in that award and those in other awards that were made some time ago? Does he know that, as a result of the Galvin award, some tradesmen, such as welders, have had their margins reduced considerably, and are leaving their trade for work of a more lucrative nature? Will the Minister examine the effect that this award is having on industry? To obviate further industrial trouble, will he ascertain whether there are, as is alleged, anomalies in the marginal rates for the same type of work in various industries? If it is found that such anomalies exist, will the Minister request Conciliation Commissioner Galvin to review his judgment in this case?

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