Preference to Unionists.
DECISION OF THE COMMONWEALTH HIGH COURT.
Sydney, June 19 The High Court has disposed of the !on# standing dispute between the Carters' Union and the Master Carriers' Association. The Cartors' Union appealed againsb i the judgment of the State Full Court, which declared the preference clause m the award made by the Arbitration Court to be invalid. This clause required the Master Carriers to give beforehand notice to tho Union when work, was available m order thatiE there were unionists willing to tako it, they might obtain work. The Association appealed against this clause to the Full Court, contending thac the unionists were only entitled to preference, other th'nga being equal, when they and nonunionists applied together for lemployment. There was nothing m the Act which empowered the Arbitration Court to order masters to give such notice beforehand. The High Court, m dismissing the appeal, rested the judgment on the general ground that tnere was no implied power m the statute to authorise the Arbitration Conrt to e'ee out the directions imposed by the section of the Act by giving an additional one. The Court was aware of no principle known to law from which it could be inferred that the Arbitration Court could give any direction to employers to give notice to one set of persons or another before they proceeded to exercise their common law rights of engaging anybody whom they saw fit. ;
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6600, 20 June 1905
Preference to Unionists. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6600, 20 June 1905
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