A CASE OF HARDSHIP.
WATERSIDE WORKERS' TROUBLES.
(Per Press Association.)
AUCKLAND, February 2o
"There's no doubt about it, the strike has brought about most unfortunate results," remarked Mr F. R. Frazer, S.M., this morning, when Mr J. R. Lundon put in a plea of hardship on behalf of a man who was charged that he was an idle and disorderly person without means. Mr, Lundon's statement was that the man undoubtedly had no means at present, but that there were special circumstances. The defendant was a cripple, who had been earning his living as a coal-heaver, and was a total abstainer, but he had been a member of the Federation of Labour and had to go out on strike. ■ The result was that he was unable to get into the new Union, and consequently could not get work. Since) the. strike he had obtained work on occasions, but not being a member of the Union he had been put.off when the officials observed him at .work. He was a good workman, and the 1 stevedores were willing to take him on, but under their agreement with the Union they were subject to a fine if they kept on "men who were not members of the Union when there were Union members available. ■ '
Counsel suggested that the publicity given the 1 case might induce the Union officials to turn the blind eye if the man got work on the wharves. After some discussion the police agreed to withdraw the charge of vagrancy on condition that the man made another application to become a member of the Watersiders' Union.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
A CASE OF HARDSHIP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
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