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Arbitration Awards.

TEST CASES,

United Press Aasoeiatiou—By Electric Telegraph Timartj, June 21 Ab the Magistrate's Coarfc to-day two civil suits (test cases) were founded upon disputed interpretations of an award of the Arbitration Court affecting employment in^threshing mills iu South Canterbury. " A man who had been paid 25s a week as watercart man claimed 15b a week more under the clause of the award, fixing lOd per hour as the form and rate of pay for mill hands. The defence was that the waterman was not counted among the mill hands and was always paid by the week, as he has horses to look after, and neither the waterman nor the weekly engagements were mentioned in the award. The Magistrate gave .judgment for defendant, aa the award did not prohibit or reguUte weekly engagements. The second case was founded on the clause in the award thftt " bagmen are to be paid 2s per 1,000 more than other hands." This rule was made at Waimate where two bagmen are employed, and evidence waß given that it was not intended to apply if three bagmen were employed as is the case in the Timaru district, where plaintiff worked as one of three. It was also stated that where the three men worked, they had been content with the same pay as the others, with the exception of plaintiff. The S.M. adjourned his decision for a week and suggested that the opinion of the Arbitration Court be obtained in the meantime. As the clause does not limit the number of bagmen to whom it is to I a PPIv' mmmmmtmmm^mmmmmm

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6602, 22 June 1905

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Arbitration Awards. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6602, 22 June 1905

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