Workers in Australia's giant aircraft manufacturing concern, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, have had a raw deal, according to the Melbourne Catholic Worker.
Under a new award of the Arbitration Court " employers are given power in effect to employ unlimited apprentices and juvenile labour. They are given power to contract with individuals to do skilled work at less than 40 per cent. of the marginal rate. They are given power to contract with adults under the age of 25 to do skilled work for less than 50 per cent. of the marginal rate, provided they are classified as trainees.
" Blow at Living Conditions "
" Moreover, although the welders who are employed in the trade require special training, and although their work is classed as skilled work, the award proposes for them a rate which is 3s. less than that which is paid in the metal trade."
So declares the Amalgamated Engineering Union, which was not represented in the court at which the award was made. The Catholic Worker describes the award as a " blow against workers' living conditions, and a blow against the Union organisation which was responsible for the securing of those conditions,"
List of Shareholders
The Catholic Worker in its usual vigorous way, published a list of the principal shareholders and directors of Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, and a list of all the other business and manufacturing concerns with which the directors are connected.
Among the main shareholders are Imperial Chemical Industries, General MotorsHoidens and Orient Steam Navigation.