WELLINGTON, April 7
A conference between representatives of the Freezing ■ Workers' Federation of New Zealand and the freezing companies resulted in a settlement. The phairman of the conference issued a statement that the agreement would be in force for two years from August 31 next. After considering the cost of living and the recent decisions of the Arbitration Court at Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, the nature of the freezing workers' employment and its want of continuity of service, the minimum wage was fixed at Is 9d per hour. The rates for slaughtermen were settled at 35s per hundred for sheep; 32s 6d for lamb, ox and cow beef and 2s 3d per head on minor lines.' A flat rate for freezing workers was reached by a 10 per cent, increase on existing schedule rates. Although the new agreement would not come into operation before next season the new rates would be paid from April 7.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919
FREEZING WORKERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919
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