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Tuesday, 11 September 1973
Page: 828

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   Did he give an unequivocal commitment to the Federated Clerk's Union of Australia that equal pay would be introduced into the Australian airline industry from 1 January 1973 on the basis requested by the union.

(2)   If not, what was the nature of the commitment which he gave.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No. I am not able to speak for or on behalf of the Australian airline industry.

(2)   No commitment was given. In accordance with the Government's stated policy I was anxious that the principle of equal pay be implemented so that female employees of the Australian National Airlines Commission were no longer subjected to wage discrimination based on sex. I believe that the wage rates now being paid by the Commission to its clerical employees meet the concept of equal pay in that they remove the element of discrimination in wage rates which formerly existed.

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