Maoriland Worker, Volume 10, Issue 421, 2 April 1919, Page 3
THE AEBITBATION COURT. The following is a list of business to come before the Arbitration Court at its forthcoming sittings in Dunedin:— Disputes—Bricklayers, partial re.'muicnda'iion. Drivers, complete (except re underrate workers); theatrical employees, complete recommendation; stage employees, complete
(except date for coming Into force of award); felt hatters, no recommendation. Application to 'add parties—Corchworkers and wheelwrights, and drivers. Application to amend awards —Far- coachwerkers, and wheelwrights, furniture trade employees, plasterers, cycle mechanics, tinsmiths, coppersmiths, and sheet-metal workers, motor mechanics, Amalgamated Society of Engineers, (shipworkcra' branch), rangcwoikois, engineers, City Corporation shift-engineers, tjpographers. Compensation cases —Margaret Sanson v. Stevenson and Cook Engineering Co., Ltd. (adjourned from last, sitting); Duncan Macpherson v. the King (petition of right).
The Conciliation Commissioner (Mr. W. H. Hagger) sat on March 25 to j hea,r a dispute between the Dunedin Storemen's Union and the wool, grain, and skin merchants of that city. The assessors , were: For the employers—Messrs. G. R. Story, George Black, and A. S. Cookson;and for the,' union-yiessre. W. Herbert, A. L. Monteith, and C. Symons. The principal matter in dispnte was that of wages. The union's proposals were for a wage of tiot less than £3/17/6.for permanent adult hands, and 1/10 per hour for casuals, with a clause providing for an additional 3d. per hour while handling manure, hides, skins, salt, etc. The counterproposal was for a flat rate of not less than 1/6 per hour for adults, and a sliding scale of weekly wages for junior workers.
HOTEL AXB EESTAUSAJfT WOKKERS.
At a meeting of the Otago Hole!, Restaurant, and Boardinghouoe Employees' Union on M;.reh 20, the following resolution wcis proposed by Mr. Hudson, seconded by Mr. Mc- Laughlin:" "That this meeting of hotel employees 'views with indignation the attitude of the Prohibition party in its unjust attack on a body of workers who, sc that the etay of visitors in either hotels or boardinghouses may be made as pleasant as possible under the circumstances, attend late and early to the public who are compelled to travel either on business or pleasure. This union of hotel employees resolves to use its influence by assisting in every possible way to defeat the objects aimed at by the Prohibition Party and the Efficiency League in the forthcoming election."
Mr. J. D. Smith, the representative of the Otage Labor Council on the local Repatriation Board, Is evidently displeased* with, the treatment given to, his. proposals by the other 13 members of the Board. As a result the following circular has been cent out to the various" unions by Mr. L. P. Evans, secretary Otago Labor Council: "The subject of the repatriation of returned soldiers is concerning the minds of all thoughtful men, especially those who are in the Labor movement. The Otago Council, through its representative on the Otago Repatriation Board, has already taken active steps hi the direction of the repatriation of returned soldiers into secondary industries, but such steps have been consistently opposed by the local Board. It is imperative that, if the returned soldier is to be success-, fully repatriated Labor should show a united front in dealing' with the matter, and with this end in view the, Council has reSblved to call a conference of delegates of all unions In Dunedin, when the Council's proposals will be placed before the conference for its approval. Bach union will be entitled to two delegates."