RAILWAY SERVANTS' APPEALS
BOAKD SITTING IN AtfOKTiA NTP." ALLEGED. SUPERSEDISTG, OF., MEN. : The -North Island' Board, constituted for -the? purpose -of hearing" the'- complaints of railway servants opened a sitting in Auckland this morning. There are fire cases to be healrd, and the session may extend over several days. The personnel' of the Board' 'is H." Eyie Kehny,~:S.M:v : (chairman)', Messrs; G..:?. Eyanand M: Lee:- ' ,'."''. ;;,"" ",';t Alir." Cavidson represented ; the. Department, j and Mr. McKenzie' appealed iyt the. appellant. A PORTERS. CASE. . ".".-• ■~The first case. called ,on was "that of A. ,J. Campbell, porter, Auckland, who 'has appealed, against his' position: ? bn-tfh'e D 3 list. ;rii . - i _A :great > deal of .evidence -was 'called; 'by Mr.-. McKenzie to support -the contention tliat";the:'apptllanV was competent to carry out the duties of second . clas,s guards . Campbell had been acting as guard.on spine- of'the "busiest and"tne ■njost"'important:-.'trains, oii'the Auckland section.. f.or ten; months prior', to the annual, revision of the" list.on .March 31,. 1908,, -and it;was contended .on' his, behalf ;that .the .npn-apnpintjnent. to a position as second-class guard w&s tantamount to. reducing , him. ■ **' ■ -evidence "calied. , for. tne-'-appellant . ,waa.to. ±he.effect inatjlie:had caTTieS oiit ; his duties on tSe.i'-whble. satisfactorily,and some witnesses ' sta-ted thatl'they would have recommended him for promotion to a position of-second-class guard. Xt.yras stated that, he pan .the. trains .as . ;iYe"U as thg regularly .appointed guardf v Mr.; Davidson called William Grombie, retired, formerly stationmaster-in -Auckland. The witness- stated that-when thY annual review took, place the ■ claims .-of the • appellant for.: promotion were con--aidered. He did. not feel justified, at tie •time in (recommending .Campbell for _a. second-class, guard's position. Tie. great 'objection- -was •want , of-- experience.-- -Iα ■ considering such cases-<he-always-called minis' first and Ms'second ,foiemen,,..and ■ *he took, particular notice,-, of .(his. senibjr foreman: ' Oiwnpbell and others were kept on these trains when neither the witness nor the foreman considered them fi>. to take charge of them, and' it was only on account ■of the chronic inefficiency and inadequacy of of'the seryice't'hat'he Kept-them*bn<«J!h : the of'safety he otfen. -thought i that"it was advisabTe' that' they-" shouTd not go on, and he made frequent appeals to his superiors. Mr. Davidson interrupted that they did not want'a speech, but-specific-an* ; swers. ~/. , ' , ' ;;, -■- *■' : ~7'"Z 3lrr Davidson asked-Jf flic inadequacjr ■ of the staff : numericufly was" not". Sue to •ffiesuidea'aiLd'aDnormal mcrease' In 'Vhe bustnese.' ' '. ' '.".' ''"'"•■ " Mr. Crombie said that as soon as this state of affairs arose the Department should, have provided for. it.. _ Mr. Davidson: That is not the question. Mr; Crombie: Well, yes, it' was largely due to that.. ' . . .*.'T ..:"'..'.'.""'.'" ..X . Mr. - Crombie further, stated, that Jt would not be possible for an' employee to qualify in three or four years without disorganizing the whole ■■ of. the traffic, unless the Department provided supernumeraries to.relieve him. ~ '••••• (Proceeding.) • . «• -.-•■■>■-
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