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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Mr McMAHON - I did announce to the House about two weeks ago that, under section 28 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act, I had referred the dispute in the waterside industry to Mr. Justice Ashburner. He had several conferences with the maritime unions and the other parties involved, and made recommendations to them. I think that subsequently there were negotiations between the owners and the unions, and there has been a large measure of agreement on the terms of the Ashburner recommendations. Most of these conferences have been between the parties, and, as far as I can make out, probably only one matter is now in dispute. That will be discussed before Mr. Justice Ashburner at a conference to-day. Naturally, I cannot forecast what the result of the conference will be, but I have some confidence that this problem will be happily settled to-day.

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