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Wednesday, 24 February 1971

Senator FITZGERALD (NEW SOUTH WALES) - ls the Leader of the Government aware, that the executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions is considering, a national 24-hour strike to bring to the Government's attention the plight and difficulties of pensioners? As about 1 million people in Australia are dependent upon pensions and the majority of them live in. poverty, will the Minister bring to the.. attention of the Government the harsh effects that inflation with increased living costs, is having upon those in need? Will he request the Government to raise pensions . now and thereby avert industrial action by the trade union movement? Such action; would have the support of every fair minded person in Australia.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONI do not want to misjudge the honourable senator, but I thought I heard him say that the Australian Council of . Trade Unions was considering a 24-hour, strike. If that is what he said I am amazed.. Being a simple soul I always thought, that, the function of the ACTU was to act in. the best interests of the trade union movement, and to try to find solutions to problems. I am amazed that somebody should suggest that the solution of the ACTU for the problem is to advocate a strike in the economic conditions that we are in today.

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