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RAILWAY SERVANTS AND THEIR GRIEVANCES.

Stiff ttsmaf&mto. /■ How tho Comml»Mioncrsj V'»T their Men*.'" 4" ' „■ ,- ■-1 X*h« la-fen*; .;v«r»<o»/ft<X<*« S*©'^ •,. ' TTlie' "'jPor' mb'il Ag-Mlnut" Clrralar.' - 4 [per press association.] ' -A',: >> ' ■ •:''<■ '•"■ '-; .CHBisiOHUßtni, May 16. Mr Edward, j Secretftfy^.to,'.^ Railway ,;"' Employees' S^iety/^as-jfubJ^hed a state-, ment wherein he 'says;^ y .i j ( t , v. i . ,;.,';. i , '/Railway I'me^'^ow't6o,fW^p[, and the,;* yomi^ssiQiiers ape c^gpjsontoorf r the fact, that ;; if' the $pciety." did" notJadmit: non-railway .men*" as Kon"draty/'inemfeefe,7 rHie leader*; would, .he m!ade'to,mSet; and I doubt very ■:"■'.' 'mu6h'indeed Whether, if'it''Was composed yj: of employees, the Commissioners,, :- would have admowledgeckHhatthey had no, }v objection' to the Union being in existence. };}■■ I , A ballot ia certainly being taken to'obtainMv thefee!Hn}^pf memoprßjwitb regard to forcing J'matters, liut only after all pacific means by I'^ -TViV.tv- }-:-:■-< f-.iled. This-employees are; i i- « ■ ■ !;■ «-i-* i: K>-l to do'if^ihey choose. It ii yj ciieir riglii ,tx)'.decid'e*/whether they shall or^/' shall not sell their labor for so much. The v Commission's"knotyjt, find th^'jiere notioa '■}'■ .of .swch .a-.thingljhap^riing has, to use * homely expression • knocked 'em all of a 4': heap,',,-They.,kn^w, f very^ f^e|l that such a \. strike-yrould thproughly paralyze the colony; ;>- ---for, 'iii the end, Jit'wotiFd)yd6'up|edly resulfc ■• in the,railways,,J;he 6h'ip'pihj£ l Und even the coal supply^being stopped. It would be a:,, , calamity iiideed.^ Eailway men recocogniiie v ■ this; and;, will do n.'£bieir level best to prevent '■:■,:■: it. If it comes to pass, the Commiflsionera will be „solely to blame for it. W»i?.l there ever a greater farce than the Com-V missioners ackm)wjk(clg^g >u '^jßn». are 4200 (. .employees, t and Jmo^nngj )^ia^..) the Union U '; : - over 4(XX) strong warning employees against -, : acting on the orders of wie I ■If the ; Commissioners will acceptfar deprftation from ; y ,the Society to,discusß. grievances, such wiU \ Ibe arranged':'bnt embloyees-^themselves, w- '■ i 'niembering the'- bitw^ experience of past -j.'"'■'■ interviews with Mr Maxwell at least, will ' decidedly^ object;) to;« deputation of employees alone. To say that boys have",v ribt'been* taken on*to.-supersede men, irtt';Jv 'say| wh'a'tiisi utterly^lse ; If6twhere mta were, formerly .employed ljoys Mow'are in., That lioys are taken-on to fill vacancies ii perfectly correct, for men are being dispensed with in all directions, and dismissed and , r disrated/ for most,trivial ;=things. I'mayV>' mention.t^e^ase t>f a' vguaifd of fourteen i/ years' service who has been dismissed because . tlie handlej-of .anroldrotten butter box came', '> out whilst he was'putting it into hi* van, V causing tlie~cpnten^s to partly fall out 'upon . the platform. I clianengel theJCommissioners -J to prove- that -fair allowimcl is made for - overtimeT in. any way whsjfcever. With but . ■few exception^.herej, and UitUere, allowing ,;.' about one 'houciofFi for -e,v^ery six hours of "■ ■';< ov.ertime..worked.,, is an example of the "•; Commissioners' sense of justice. What we . are j asking; ■ for is •; a/ rejcly. from the Coin* missidriers to the grievances we laid, before ,': y them; but iv. all their communications thoy ; ' studiously keepjfroin tn'es'e. ' WehavemadeV;, our rules to suit bur own requirements,' 'and . ' intend, to stick to them I'uptil f our next . conference. ,' It is quite'useless-for the Com* missioners u> parley about our constitution,. and it would be more to their credit if they ■ frankly replied <'to our representations of .grievances, instead of to getV«,i employees to run. the 'rialTo'ftJLwell; never,^7 mind. But "where are those from Addington ! Workshops, who on a former occasion were men* enough to''speak up ifor'.what they ' deemed to be justice? '.QncebhV twice shy- ], is an old adage;" ;; ,-'w,,, •>-,'<%', - - vTHE MEWS .CDRCULAR. ;!■ x The circular asking men tb'^vote on tile* ■';] question of extreme rmeßftu^etl'i(by May,;B,v published in Wellington, > relates'only, to fee ' Canterbury branch. 1- -The result 1 wan " for " , 741; •"' against" 46: informal 5. Several' t branches have, not finished voting. , : , / WBLLDfOTOir^lilay 16. ;. . The following, ia;a copy of ,the Society's : circular asking for a ballot as to a strike of ,r ■ y:..i,V .-. .■■- 1 So.'iofy. of .railway ser--v. ::,*• o! N*-. -\ /.<;.'.! m«l, ("'interburybranch:-—,v , Sirj-^-Thereis, a possibility-that the Execn-J.: tive' Committee f may; in' the near futnre^ have to adopt extreme measures to compel' . the Commißsionjera/tO. recognise the Society, !'. or to force the views on the questions of boyV,.\ labor, long- hours, readjustment of wages, ',"." ,and; piece work' as.laid down T>y; the^ confer-;.? ence; and as it .is deemed expedient that the,-"," .Executive Committee shouldbe in a position . r t;6 act with 1 fhe utmost promptness and dcs- - . jiatcli, 1' y f ou J are • requested' to';record yoar : vote.:'*for or against ■empowejraig the Com-! ' miitfee "to call the'men buti%H6ulof they find > it absolutely necessary "ptdi'do'-Tgo. Ballot papera'.tbjbe handed to the collectors in time tol. allow, fpr] the iclosjrig of (the ballot on Thursday, May 8. By order* of "the Branch (^mmi^ge.^TCHA^t^ Jj, Rae, Secretary.

THE PAX^GHEDmE. v TheConimißßi^ners haye.«u»uftßithe follow* ing statement regarding 1 the present rules at ,i>oli6ufs,\regulation for overtune, and wages ioptbepenitonje4b 3 '^ay;, K trajaK*, and looomo-v tive department; • *

y^TJTHJ^au^^yra. ■* < . jW- orlfjne^ are .required' to work 8 hours per day, or 4s tours per \\reek, for theautho*^s vikfA "daily .wage*. Hie. jcgukr hoars of the week arc from'B a.m. to:rt p.Vn. on working , days,.with7orie hour. off. .^xtra^pay will be • ■allowed to laborers tfrid; tradesmen for time ■ " worked in excess of 8 hours per day, subject ' : 'to such regulations" as mayribel from time to ■'■, time issued. o-A >> >.: i&r^th' $t; • i ■*- *-: ■ |lf; etl' 'tbcOMOTIVE. TC-.rv-.irf: ton hor.rs, or .100 miles, at: r\ <■!>:."i: of i<H;i>riu>rivc!«i:p»Tiinpn(!('riL to count ;' as one day's work for driver or fireman. ' Overtime to be^counied at the rate of time and a quarter. ';' '—Traffic ' employees: J wilL? be required to work all^ trains on the advertised . timef table i-wttfibut allowance for over* time;butas^ar as possible their duties are to.be arijanged^to^aAroid oyegtime. *, ' 4s far :as canMbe; arranged, consistently with economy f and, convenience, iij tHe ;c^ae -„ot Ijeiinployees generally, '; the . : working^ tmie.y^.r^ot to exceed^ . 8 hours'per 'day,^or'4B hours per week of 6 ; working days! i'LHltneVckseL^f locomotive drivers, jdn'a! firemen, working time is as follows \t- Where practicable, to be limited . ,to JOjhoMs pei^ day; ,or v J6j9 per week T of 6 \v;pi^ing days, ;Me^a s «ngage<i on inter* mitte'pt seryipes, 'wlio are" paicl extra for . overtime7as^in the case of -(forcers and fire^ 'm'^n, will ncftf have their whole Same counted ; ;|rom first doming on*dlity<tintili finally leayonly jsuch. time as the officer in charge may in each case determine may be , fairly cpunijed] as^jrorking time. .. \-.,w The above istlie' present regulation of the -..' T department regarding hours of labor, ana -has-. bW jnybrce about v ten years. -Traffic'eniploye'fes aa^f" rule are intermittent \ workers,' and their "duties cannot be ar- :\ .ranged^to^bo^per^ormedj^^tinuously. ' lH'i A, their.;case\.extra-jpay^js* not' as a rule ■ given '"for overtime," "except, for Sunday ,;,; work. .Allowance i^ made m another wajf - when there are' long hours to be worked by 1! ( individuals which are Mefl^, ,may have avday^off! a?wee rk^ dr may have a ; " 'long-Sayjand-shorJ; days altetnatelyj bo. as to? It, approximate as.olosely.aa possible to the rule; . that six-days tif eight liours continuous hard Jaboriisjthe steiida^d -timei Maintenance; .men, ,w,hor ,ai;e wording eight.hours a day . " continuously,^arep^idgxtra | l^night .work ■'.; between 6 p.m. ja.nd^'6 a^m.. at. -Regular ■ night <>Lga&gs,'~. iwhq noli\w<Mrk ;, LtkrQughthe^ day, re6elve r,time-arid-.quarter pay fp'r .work, oetweeii fe'.piml and6a.nu ; v Sunday 'wofk'is- paid''at 1 tiine-and-half. ; Workshops hands are paid at th« rate of an hour and a quarter for every hour worked , during a week-over-48 ohotuSC' For work ,-:.\ done'betw;eea r9,Jp«.si. and 6 a.m. rate-and-.;;^ half }viR be allowed; for every hour ,bo 'V ,WQrked on Sundays rate-and-half is allowed,, \\~ Srovidcd full time (48 hours) has been werk,^ I- ; uring the week, . ", .: :

■--'■'■'■ ' • THE BALLOT. CHRI3TOHURCH, May 17. : The following is tlie result so far of the Railway Societies ballot re "extreme measures":—Oamaru branch, 130 for, 5 against; Greymouth, 71 for, none against; Nels'ohV33 for, 3 against. With Canterbury, the total to date is 975 for, 53 against.

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RAILWAY SERVANTS AND THEIR GRIEVANCES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2432, 17 May 1890

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RAILWAY SERVANTS AND THEIR GRIEVANCES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2432, 17 May 1890

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