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STATEMENT BY GENERAL MANAGER. PROPOSED SUGGESTIONS BOARD. (Per Press Association.) WELLINGTON, February 15. At the Amalgamated Society of . Railway Servants' banquet last night, Mr E.-H. Hiley, the General Manager of Railways, said that with the Railway business growing as it was, it _was obvious that alterations were pending and were about to be carried out. He used the word " alterations " advisedly. Some paragraphists had it that " rey forms" were to, be carried out. He deprecated the use of the word "reform," for' it was a slur on the builders of the Dominion's railway, service.' That impression for one moment should not be allowed to go abroad; in fact, the case was quite the other way. Itwas natural, however, that with the growth of the' improvements 'were necessary, and he asked the cooperation and assistance of the rail way rmen in the alterations that were'to be carried out.y He asked that the rail T waymen should assist the Department with suggestions regarding the working and organisation . of the railways,, and in a few days' time he. intended to circularise the Amalgamated Society of railwaymen with regard to setting up a suggestions board. The idea was not his own, but a "crib' 7 from the Great Western Company at Home. He would like to say at once that he.intended to see personally each suggestion that came in from the Service. He would not say that he would hot turn a great many of them down, but those that he thought might be useful, he would send on to the suggestions board, which would be set up from officers representing the various branches of the Service. Regarding patents,- he intended to make some improvements. Railwaymen who had patents would in future be able to send; them on to the suggestions board, which would treat them as confidential. (Applause). A scheme of monetary recognition for the suggestions sent in by the men might be brought into force. Some might not be adoptable,, but at any rate the action of the senders would be recognised, at least, by a letter of thanks, from the Depart-, ment. ■■■'...,- ■ '

Mr Hiley congratulated the Society on the completion of the new building. Unionist, he said, as long as it was sane unionism' could only; be for good. The Society so far had existed on sane lines, and had'stuck to its pledges against all temptations. He would give them the same counsel as Sir Joseph Ward "had done: to establish a reputation for reasonableness. He would always like to open the Society's letters and feel they contained something he would grant at once,, but after all the railway managers were tied hand and foot by finance.

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RAILWAY SERVICE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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RAILWAY SERVICE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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