Maoriland Worker, Volume 6, Issue 235, 18 August 1915, Page 6
Voted Out at Waihi
THE "OPEN DOOR" ADVOCATES
SWEEP THE POLL.
On Saturday, August 7, tho annual; olectiou of officers for tho Waihi Arbi-; tration Union took place. Great in- j terest was tnkon in tho poll, as this, was practically tho first occasion that | the men who have been in power since j the formation of tho union have boon i opposed. Last, year, just beforo the t election, about. 50 or 60 n:en who wore, likely to oppose them were- put off by I the company, and at tho first election 1 after the strike their rules prohibited 1 anyone-standing against tliora. For a, week before the contest letters ap-' pea red .i 11 tho local rag, from the; Mayor on the 0110 sjde, who was forj the open door, and V. Potter and A.j Butler, "'ho championed tho action of j the union's turning-down tactics. ' j A ticket was run by both sides, and ' the ballot resulted in tho ticket j against victimisation being roturned in' full. . I After the results wore known, A. Butler and V. Potter addressed the members present. The latter was very soro about the business people interfering with union business, so evidently the dog they had fed ■'turned uround .and bit them. The new President. A. Parry, was Vice-proficient when W. Pprry first l'Oc.ime • president of tho Miners' I'nion hero. Though he w-Mit to work boiore the sciiko was called off (ho went in after !:::> drive-out), .he has always been ngainct tho turning-down tactics ;of tho present'committee. Following are tho results of the ballot conducted by tho returning officer, J- Murray:— J PRESIDENT. A. Parry 415 A. Butler 358 ■ VICE-PRESIDENT. A. Swarm 411 R. Farrell 317 TREASURER. AY. Hales, jr 448 i W. Vosp.er -..' 299 COMMITTEE. Wro. Crombio ' 607 . A. Dunstan 528 J. H. Dohorty 468 J R. Graham 430 Hy.-Anderson 421 I B- Dean 419 I Alf Parker 415 Chas. Butler ' 414 H; C. Brown 413 H. A. Pipe 403 J. A. Stubbing 304 James Judo ' 357 I The foregoing 12 woro elected. They all stood for the opon door. The dojfcated candidates were:— R. Newdick 345 J. W. Dodd 336 Jos. Ourrie 330 Gco. Milnes .....' 329 Wm. Pilsbury 310 R. T. Polkinghorno 309 Thos. Best 302 F. G. Turner 297 Jas. College ...... 271 . H. Stansficld 174 I -think that it can bo safely said that tho days of victimisation as far as the union is concornod aro over. It now remains to bo -seen what attitude the companios will tako up, but tho writer is of tho opinion that the companies were- about full-up of tho turning down of good miners. The future is awaited with interest. WAGE SLAVE.