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DUNEDIN, April 19

The President of the Arbitration Court, recently intimated that the Court had in view tho arranging of a basis of wages for different classes of workers. The Court have now filed a memorandum dealing with the scheme. The memorandum states that it is undesirable rates of wages of workers in an industry should be liable to variation at short intervals. The Court have determined to fix the basic wage as follows:—Skilled workers, Is 7*d per hour: semi-skilled, Is 4kl to ls_ bd (according to degree of skill); unskilled, Is 3*d. , , j The Court decided that an adjustment of war bonuses should be made I half-yearly. The Government Statistician had ''advised 'that half-yearly periods ending March STaiwl, September 30 would bo the most equitable, and he had undertaken to prepare index numbers showing; tho variation in tne cost of living. To the above wages a bonus of 2M an hour is to be added to compensate workers for the further increase in the cost of living up to March 31 last. This bonus will be re-ad.iusted as on September 30. and March 31 each year. The scheme is not to be applied as a hard anE fast rule, but is subject to modification if necessary. It is honed to be a working guide for Conciliation Councils. The bonus is excluded from, the computation of payment for overtime. Tho Court have determined in future to grant substantial amounts fr~ 'wartime, as overtime is inimical to health. Overtime will be paid at the rate of . time and half for the first thre^ hours, and thereafter double time, in the hope

that overtime will thus be largely reduced. „ - The present statement. :has no application with regard, to' the wages of females, nor workers on weekly or monthly salaries. Such cases will be dealt with on their merits.

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ARBITRATION COURT'S AWARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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ARBITRATION COURT'S AWARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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