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The Arbitration Court.

United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph.

Chbistchukch June 12 At the Arbitration Court to-day Augustus Nixon, a carpenter, was fined £2 for employing a non-unionist when there were nine unionists on the books of the union. For paying less than the minimum wages the following were fined—-Alexander Riach, £2; F. N. Steel, £3, and ordered to pay back wages of eight weeks; Craddock and Orr, £10. The Tailores?G3' Union charged theKaiapoi Woollen Company with employing a larger proportion of apprentices to operatives than the award allowed. Counsel for the Company aaid he had no legal defence to offer, but unless the Company could employ more apprentices it could not cope with the output of the mill, which would have to be closed down. The Company with the concurrence of the Union had bad to send to Sydney for operatives. Counsel for the Union contended that the arrangement was only temporary, and part of the complaint was that numbers of local girls had during the period when the operatives were alleged to be obtainable been given holidays which was practically equal to dismissal. The Court reserved judgment. At the conclusion of the cases for enforcement of awards, the president of the Court (Mr Justice Chapman), observed that about thirty cases brought by the inspectors had been dealt with, and he thought many of them nead not have come into Court, hud the employers endeavoured to take a reasonable interest m the awards with which they had to comply. The fact that only one case had been dismissed proved that proper care and investigation had been taken by the inspectors. Where it was reasonably clear that an employee had committed a breach, he as i well as the employer should be brought before the Court. The number of applications for enforcement, though not large as compared with former sittings, was still too large. In Auckland, a more populous centre than Christcbuivh, there had only been four or five at the recent Bitting of the Court there. He saw no reason why the employers m Chrisfcchurch should be behind Auckland. All tint was needed was a little moro care and attention to the awards and decisions.

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The Arbitration Court., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6594, 13 June 1905

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The Arbitration Court. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6594, 13 June 1905

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