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Tuesday, 28 June 1949

Mr HOWSE - Is the Minister for Transport able to give me any information about a nation-wide train stoppage that is planned to take place from the 24th July, next, because of a decision to strike by the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen? Is it a fact that the union has threatened to call its members out on strike if its claim for a 25 per cent. increase of wages and salaries for night work is not granted by the 24th July? If the claim were granted, what would be its effect on industry? Would rail fares and freight rates have to be increased in all States? If so, to what extent?

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