THE PREFERENCE QUESTION
A CONFERENCE ASKEO FOR
(Per Press Association.)
CHRISTCHURCH, February 24. : The wharf workers at Lyttelton met to-day to discuss the preference question. The attendance was 200.
; One member said the present position at Lyttelton was untenable and intolerable. Competent men were being refused work while incompetent men got preference. Many unionists now receiving preference were ex-strikers from other-parts of the Dominion, and others had taken part in the drivers' strike in Christchurch. They ought to stand by their fellow-workers. He moved that unionists receiving preference from the shipping companies be asked to attend a conference to discuss the situation.
Another .speaker said the workers had accepted the conditions loj'ally, and if original Arbitrationists were not prepared to stand by organsed labour they should get out of the. ranks. The motion was carried unanimously.
It was stated that 150 of the original Arbitrationists were still receiving preference.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914
WHARF WORKERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914
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