JUSTICE HEYDON'S JUDGMENT
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SYDNEY, March. 2,
Mr Justice Heydon's judgment in the case arising out of the decision of the chairman of the ;Ironworkers' .Assistants' Wages Board not to re-open the award on the application of the union, was against the union, but Mr Justice Keydon incidentally declared thai where 'wages under existing awards were below the recently-fixed living wage an award might be re-opened;
Boards must not hear applications from" employers who were.. locking-out, or. from, employees who were striving. When either side took the case into its own hands, it released .the other side. Even if the Minister made reference to the Board in a matter in whjch the employer was locking out his men and the employees objected to the case being/heard, the Board could not continue to exist. It was the same with a compulsory conference. The parties could always confer-, but could not be made to do so, unless the law was being observed. A union could not be punished for refusing to meet an employer locking his members, out.
While confirming the action of the Board in refusing to do more than raise the wage of the general labourer from llj-d to Is per, hour, the judge expressed sympathy with the men, and regretted he could not re-open the award! He wished the men would resume work, and that he could give them, a higher wage, but the Court could not have two measures.
As a result of Mr Justice Heydon's judgment, the men's Defence Committee fears that the strike*, will now spread to all branches of the industry, and possibly embrace the Government establishments. It has decided to ask fpr a conference to consider'a" means of 'settlement.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914
IRONWORKERS' DISPUTE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914
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