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The special concessions '• obtained by I Second Division railvvaymen involve a big permanent increase in wages as well as notable improvements in working conditions. During the war the rai'lwavmen have received thrice bonuses of one shilling a day. The last bonus was given fco. marijed men only, single men being omitted. The Government lias now decided to pay this bonus to single men. who will thus receiv.e an; increase of one i shilling per day on present wages. These war bonuses are being made a permanent increase s in wages. First grade guards will receive 13s 6d to 14s 6d. a day,. and second grade guards 12s 6d to 135., Fifty per cent, of the.; guards are to be first grade, and of these 2o per cent, specially selected by the Department,;will be paid 15s a day as a minimum. For first grade shunters the rate is to be 14s, with a maximum of 14s 6d, being an increase of sixpence a day. A selection of 25 per cent. _ first grade engine-drivers who will receive 17s per day is to be made by the Department. ... The eight-hour day is adopted for the whole service, except tablet porters, whose hours are intermittent and whose work in most cases is light. Another important new principle in. regard-to; flours is thatfall work between' 10 p •in.' arid 6 a.m. is to be paid for at the overtime. rate of time, and a-quarter.""A 44-hour week is-to l be observed' in the 1 railway workshops without reduction of. pay. In granting this; reduction of four hours weekly the Departmentl asks for the loyal co-operation of the staff in maintaining the original output. In i oomTHiting overtime eachjday will stand by itself. Double time will be paid'" for Avork on Christmas Day, Good Friday, Sovereign's Birthday, and Labour Day, and' time and a-half on Sundays. The concessions, which, have the approval of Cabinet,'if* adopted by Parliament will operate as from April 1. The Department is unable to agreeto; the abolition of the Minister's veto in crises. or to • the abolition of the first and second divisions in the service.

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CONCESSIONS OBTAINED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919

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CONCESSIONS OBTAINED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919