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Tuesday, 15 May 1928


Mr LACEY (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I should like to know if the Prime Minister has read a statement in the Sydney Morning Herald to-day concerning the dispute between the Marine Cooks' Union and the Huddart Parker line of steamers. The owners are sow tying up their boats. The statement referred to is as follows : -

COOKS SEEK SETTLEMENT.

An offer aiming at a settlement waa received in Melbourne yesterday morning from the Federal Secretary of the Marine Cooks' Union (Mr. Tudehope), who forwarded the following telegram from Sydney: - "Our members to resume under suspended award; question of roster to be subject of conference if required after resumption. Above terms, if agreed to, will be subject to ratification at our meeting to-morrow morning. In view of these negotiations, again request extension of time until Wednesday."

In view of the request of the cooks, which might bring about a settlement, will the right honorable gentleman use his influence with the owners of the steamers or make overtures to them, to induce them to suspend action in regard to the tying up of their boats, so that they may meet in conference with the cooks, and a possible large industrial upheaval may be prevented ?







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