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Agreement on ANL Ltd

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JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT by Hon Kim Beazley MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Finance

and Hon Laurie Brereton MP Minister for Transport Minister for Industrial Relations

T67/95 3 1 August 1995


The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Beazley and the Minister for Transport. Mr Brereton released details of today's agreement in respect of the Government-owned shipping company ANL.

The agreement follows discussions between ANL unions, the ACTU and the Government and separate talks involving P&O with a view to concluding the sale of ANL to P&O without industrial disruption. The agreement is in the following terms:

1. With P&O’s concurrence, the finalisation of the ANL sale will be deferred until 3 1 October.

2. During this period P&O and the unions will negotiate in good faith in respect of all ANL industrial arrangements.

3. For these negotiations the union team will be headed bv the Secretary of the ACTU. ~ ' '

4. The sale legislation will proceed through Parliament but not be proclaimed pending the outcome of these negotiations.

5. An interim Board will be appointed by the Government to take responsibility for the Company during this period.

6. The new Board in consultation with P&O and affected unions will commence landbased reorganisation forthwith.

7. If for any reason the sale to P&O is not concluded the unions agree that the restructure alternative proceed forthwith.

S. Subject to the above, the conditions of the sale agreement as negotiated will apply in conjunction with an agreement on a golden share mechanism in the event of a sale.

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Both Ministers expressed appreciation for the goodwill on all sides in addressing what has been a difficult issue for the parties.

The commitment to negotiate in good faith in respect of all ANL industrial arrangements should result in the Government’s objectives being achieved. These are to protect the taxpayer against further losses and to maintain Australian seafarers' jobs under the Australian flag and award conditions.

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