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BY THE MASTER BUTCHERS. INTERESTING CORRESPONDENCE. (Received February 20, 9.15 a.m.) SYDNEY, February 20. Hopes that a binding compromise had been reached and the strike practically settled have vanished. The men's acceptance of the Minister's proposal for, a flat rate increase of 5s 4d above the award rates, with hours not exceeding 49i, as a basis for immediate resumption, was submitted to a meeting of employers, Mr Estell understanding that the employers were prepared to favourably consider it. The meeting closed at midnight, and resulted in the masters rejecting the terms. In a letter to the Under-Secretary for Labour, covering tne decision, the em-

ployers state that from first to last the committee appointed to deal with the matter has taken the position that it could not make any offer of settlement to the employees, and that the matter must be dealt with constitutionally in accordance with the Arbitration Act.

The letter added: " The committee suggested that if the men made an offer it would be considered, but as''they refused to make such an offer the committee takes the starfd that the dispute must be dealt with under the laws of the. State.". '"'."" r. ; ' . .

This means that the. .employers persist iniresuming under the terms'-of. the old awfejd, and the trouble then being submitted to the Arbitration Court. ; Mr Igtell, -replying"to"'the employers' letter- %laimsv „nat they failed to] appreciate the constitutional aspect of the matter, and overlooked the fact that the award is in existence. His ( proposal was to use the Industrial Court to procure an immediate interim award upon which operations could be resumed. ,It is useless for the masters to say that an offer from the men *otild-be.considered, when-, as a matter ■of fact, they refused two invitations to meet the men in a joint conference. Throughout the negotiations, the men had given him the impression that they have been the first to accept any suggestions submitted for an honourable and peaceful settlement. The Grand Council of the meat industry employers will meet this morn-

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PROPOSALS REJECTED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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PROPOSALS REJECTED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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