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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2119

Senator MELZER - My question, which is addressed to the Postmaster-General, relates to the report that Melbourne Cup day may be marred by some form of industrial action. I understand that this situation could arise because of the activities of postal unions which are seeking a public holiday on Cup day for their country members. My question is: Can the PostmasterGeneral inform the Senate as to the outcome of this matter?

Senator BISHOP - There was a situation causing a dispute between the postal unions, myself and the Public Service Board in relation to the Melbourne Cup day holiday. It arose because of a zoning application by the Public Service Board or a Public Service inspector. The position was that out of about 30,000 PMG employees in Victoria about 25,000 were receiving a holiday on Melbourne Cup day and the balance were not. The postal unions after some representations placed bans on certain Post Office works. Later on they threatened to impose bans which might affect transmission of the Melbourne Cup. I am pleased to say that only this morning Mr Watson, the Deputy Public Service Arbitrator, decided to meet the request of the postal unions. I would be confident that as a result there will be no more bans and the matter is satisfactorily settled.

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