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OTIRA LABOUR TROUBLE.

MEN DECLINE SMALL CONTRACT

SYSTEM. .

IHK MINI ITER'S STATEMKI'T

Wellington, May 21

The Minister of Publio Works (Hon. W. Fraser) informed a "Post" reporter to day regarding the Otira tunnel trouole that, ow ing to dissatisfaction expressed by the engineers, both as to the rale of progress and the cost, it was decided to have the work done on a small contract Bystem. When the men were informed of this a week or two ago some demumd. After consultations with the engineers the rates of pay and details of the workirg wre modified and agreed to. Then some of the men declined to go to work under the fmall contract Bystem. Thirteen of them ag'eed, but twenty-seven refused. Mr Armstrong then wjrpd to the Minister, urging that the WHpes Bystem was better both for the naen and the Department and for the safety of the tunnel. 'Ihe Mini' ster replied that the system must be 'instituted, as the equality of payment without nny regard for service has not oommended itself to him. as being eit' er in the interest of the Dominion or the v&rkeis thamsslvee, and that the safety of the tunnel would be as carefully attended to as in tha past .The Minister said he was informed that on Sunday the men agreed to go back to work under the small contract ajsteip, but on Monday they declined to 3ign the c mtraot. In the meantime further enquiries ttre being made,

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OTIRA LABOUR TROUBLE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4398, 22 May 1914

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OTIRA LABOUR TROUBLE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4398, 22 May 1914

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