Maoriland Worker, Volume 9, Issue 852, 6 February 1918, Page 3
The significance of the title of an industrial union was involved in a question raised at the hearing of the store- I men's dispute by a conciliation council I when the matter waa (recently discussed. The title of the workers' union ia "The Auckland City United Storemen's Union," and the union is seeking an award embracing all storemen within a 1 radius of 10 miles from the chief post office. This area, of course, includes the borough of Newmarket, and an interesting point aroso when Mr. C. Grosvenor, who represented tbo employers, applied for exemption of a Newmarket employer. He contended that the union was bound by th* inclusion of the word "city" in its title. The workers' assessors argued that tbe title did not affect the question, and Mr. A- I". Monfceith eaid that, in the case of 'a Wellington union with corresponding name, an award extending over a radius of 2.5 miles from the city had been made by the Court. The commissioner, Mr. T. Harle Giles, ruled that tbo title of the union could not nffftct tbo Eoope of the award, but Mr. Grosvenor eaid that the question might be reviewed before the Arbitration Court. Later, Mr. Grosvenor asked for exemption on behalf of several auctioneering firms on tho ground that the goods they were handling were perishable. Tbe shipping and railway services were irregular. It was practically impossible under war conditions to work to tho award in relation to hours. Tho employoes were called upon to work early in the morning aod late at night. The workers were kept regularly employed, and there was no stoppage of pay when work was Black. The fruit arrived in Auckland in a ripe condition, and had to be removed irnniediately.
-whereas in Wellington it arrived in a loss ripened condition. The advocate for the employees stated that the lattor contention was held by tho auctioneers in Wellington, hut that the Court of Arbitration would not. uphold it.
The Commissioner said than the Court of Arbitration had discussed the contention of and had decided that they should be a part of the awaru. He could not see why he should over-ride tnat decision.