Maoriland Worker, Volume 9, Issue 857, 13 March 1918, Page 3
LABOR IN GISBORNE. A nios successful opening of the Conference of Gisborne Labor Unions wab'-'-lcl on February 25. Mr. D. W. Coloroan welcomed the delegates who numbered about SC, and explained the reason for calling the was to «onsolida,te the Labor forces of this district. ''""Wβ talk," he said "about unity being strength. It' that is so, then strength united is strongest." lie urged every to take an intelligent interest iv the Conference and express his views on things brought up so that tlio Conference would be a true expression of the opinions of vhe delegates. Hβ then called for nominations for chairman and secretary of the Conference. Mr. D. W. Coleman was elected chairman and Mr. "W. Hays secretary. Mr- E. Bi-ckford proposed. "That this Conference of representatives of Gisborne Labor Unions considers the time opportune to unite the forces of Labor in this district for the purposes of watching and safeguarding the interests of -the workers, particularly in 7T':-per.t of post-wai" problems." He emphasised the need for closer organisation and co-operation to combat the organisations opposed to Labor. Mir. J. Mitchell seconded the resolution. The following delegates book part in the discussion: Messrs. Hogarth, Degan,
Smith, .Dowor, Dixon, and C'ol<*mnn. TKfl resolution was oirried. Mr. Dixnn tlicn moved: "That this Couforcnce irwoinmends that to «oousolidaho tho forces ol' Lalwr the unions form a Labor Representation Conimit- Mr. 1L I'ranoe seconded the motion, which was carried. Tho following constitution was adopted:— The following shall be the objects of the Committee: (a) To improve, the conditions and protect the interests of all Coast district, (b) To org-unise as far as possible all dasM.s of labor in the East Coast district; to disciuss. consider «input in loroe when approved, any e-chemes for the liett-cr'puidanoo and tstnii&ion of labor oivahiyi.tioD. (c) To prevent it possible, by con fere-nee or otherwise any threatened strike or dispute between an afhliated union or unions and employer or "employers, and (o endeavor by conciliatory riieasiuea to uphold the. rules, industrial agreements, or awards of an affiliated union which may be submitted, to the committee, falling which to provide ways and mieans for the maintenance of th-o union involved, (d) To use Us influence iti support, of labor legislation and ngaiui-(; legislation which it. con! sidc'i s detrirneii'liol to thK> intere&ts of Labor, and if to take action to eeuure direofc reprr&r.nta.tion of Labor. Composition.—Tho Committee shall consist of an. unlimited number of Labor Bodies in tho East Coast Distinct. Every affiliated body shall, be entitled to four irpresentatives on the Committee. A Provisional Committee, representing tho wholo of itlhe. unions was set up to arrange a. working basis and platform.