AUSTRALIAN AIDE EXPECTS MEETING TO LEAD TO LABOR AGREEMENT

AUSTRALIAN AIDE EXPECTS MEETING TO LEAD TO LABOR AGREEMENT

A meeting Wednesday organized by the Labor government between the Australian Stevedores Ltd. and disgruntled unions will lead to peaceful resolution of differences, a government minister said.

Transport Minister Bob Collins, answering a question in the Senate, said: ''I believe the matter can be resolved without any further industrial action."Members of the Maritime Union of Australia returned from a five-day strike Tuesday. The walkout was in response to plans by the company to cut its work force by 317 workers, and it prevented more than 50 ships from entering Australian ports.

"It's been agreed that the Australian Stevedores must achieve a level of labor costs which will allow them to achieve profitability and compete effectively," Mr. Collins said.

Offers of voluntary redundancy will be made to employees within one week in accordance with the retirement redundancy agreement between the company and union, Mr. Collins said.

Further meetings are planned between the company and various unions, he said.