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CONCILIATION COUNCIL., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 71, 24 March 1909
RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES' DEMAND. ME. LONG STILL OBDURATE. The adjourned meeting of the Conciliation Council'to hear the dispute between bhe Auckland Hotel and Restaurant. Employees' Union and the restaurant employers took place this morning. Mr. iHarle sMles, Conciliation Commissioner, presided, the assessors being, for the employers 'Messrs. F. Prior and F. Whitehead, and for the employees Messrs. E. Keeanji and <?. Philipps. Mr. Giles, commissioner, safd this was the meeting which had been adjourned three weeks ago. He asked if anyone appeared for applicants. Mr. Tom Long, -who was in Court, made no reply. After he had repeated his question, •Mt. Harle Giles announced that there was no appearance for applicants. He pointed out that under section 37 of the Industrial Arbitration and Conciliation Act of last session, if one of *he parties failed or refused to appear, t.he Council might, if it thought fit, proceed with the hearing of bhe application as though both parties were present. Mr. Knox, who appeared for the respondents, addressing the Council, said he haTdly knew what position he was in. There being no appearance of applicants he had not much of a ease to answer. The demands made by applicants were utterly impossible, and the union had been apprise* of that fact. The union demanded the Christchureh award in its entirety, with the compulsory clauses of the Auckland award. Mr. Knox then proceeded to call formal evidence to establish the contention of the employers that the demands of the union were unreasonable, and would prejudicially affect trade. C. J. Dent, restaurant-keeper, of Queen-street, ou oath, stated that if the demands of the employees were granted, it ■would be necessary to increase the tariff, and this would have a depressing effect upon trade. It would be necessary to reduce the staff. There were plenty of employees anxious for work at the ruling rates of wages. The employers had drawn up draft proposals which were sent to the Union. Copi«s of these were circulated. Mr Gilee: In view of the fact that there is no appearance of applicants, I can see no reason why the assessors should not consider this draft later on. W. R. Crandel, restaurant-keeper, said the demands if conceded would mean a 15 per cent, increase in wages all round. The effect of this would mean a higher tariff, a reduced staff and less trade. He had had many applicants for positions at current ratos of wages. Staff-Captain Toomer, of the Salvation Army People's Palace, said so far as he was concerned it would be quite impossible to pay the wages asked for without raising the tariff, and that would result in loss of trade. Waitresses recalled stated that they had received no complaints from employees regarding their wages. Several other witnesses gave evidence to the same effect. The opinion was generally expressed that it would be" impossible to provide living accommodation on premises for employees. Mr Giles: Can you tell the Council, Knox. how mivny members there are in the' employees' union? Mr Knox: 60 far as we have been able to discover, in all the tea-rooms, restaurants, and oyster saloons of Auckland, about 250 employees are engaged. Again, so far as we can gather, of that number twenty-fivp at the outside are members of the Union. Mr Knox said he would not call further evidence. He had a great many more witnesses who would give eimilaT evidence, but ho was content to leave the case in the hands of tlie Council. Mr Giles: I will ask the assessors whether they would desire an adjournment to consider the proposals which have been submitted. Mr Phillips: It Is quito useless; these terms do, not commend themselves to US. Mr Giles: In the short time they have been before us have you had sufficient opportunity to consider then)? Mr Phillips: I have read them tht-ugh, and t.hev fall,far short of what we want. Mr Giies: Then tliere can be nothing to put before the Council in the shape of a recommendation. The position appears to be that a claim has been made by .the applicants which has not been supported by evidence. Parties making claims ought to substantiate them with evidence. That has not been done, o/nd therefore respondents have no case to answer. Nevertheless they hnve thought fit to lay proposals before the Council and to call evidence. It now remains for the Council to send a notification to the Arbitration Court, together with a declaration that largely owing to the unreasonableness of the Employees' Union, voiced by Mr Lon-r, in refusing to give evidence, it has not been found possible to arrive at a settlement. In view of the declaration of the assessors, it is out of the question to send forward any recommendation. In the ordinary course the dispute now passes on to the Arbitration Court and the work of the Conciliation Council is at an end. EMPLOYERS' PROPOSALS. Following are the proposals made by the employers and rejected by the assessors for the other side:— Wages.—Kitchen: Where four or more hands are employed: Chef, £3, second £2, third £1 5/0 Other hands: Wale, £1; female, 15/-. Where three hands are employed: Chef £2 10/-, second £1 10/-; Others: Male £1, female 15/-. Where two hands are employed: Chef £2, second £1. Where two hands are employed: Female chef £1 10/-, second £1. Where there are only two hands they must divide the whole of the work of the. kitchen between them. Where only one hand is employed: Male cook £2, female £1 5/-. That apprentices be taken at 10/- per week for the first year; 12/0 for the second year; 15/- for the third year; 17/6 for the fourth year; and 30/----per week for the fifth year; three months' probation to ascertain the ap ' prentice's suitability, one apprentice to' each two or portion of two cooks. Oyster openers £1 10/-; kitchen and pantry hands: Males £1, females 15/-; no head kitchen or pantry hands. Waiters £1 5/-, waitresses 18/-; not to be any head waiters or waitresses; waitresses (probationers) to be paid 12/6 per week for the first six months; waitresses (midday) 10/- per week for work from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; mid-day waitresses to be on the premises by 11 a.m., so that provision may be made to supply their places should they not attend. Meals shall be provided for workers free of .qharge,, but only during the hours that the employer's premises are open for business; not less than half an hour shall be allowed for each meal; one probationer waitress shall be allowed to each three or fraction of three employees in receipt of not less than the specified minimum wage.
Hours.—Same as employees' demands. Board and Lodgings.—Ten shillings a week where meals not provided; employees to provide their own lodging. Preference.—That when the rules of the Auckland Hotel and Restaurant Employees' Industrial Union of Workers shall permit, any person of good character and sober habits now employed in this industrial district, or who may hereafter reside in this industrial district, who is of good character and sober habits, and who is a competent workman, to become a member of such union upon payment of an entrance fee not exceeding B/-, and of subsequent contributions, whether payable weekly or otherwise, not exceeding 6d per week, upon the written application of the person so desiring to join the Hotel and Restaurant Employees' Union, without ballot or other election, then and in such case and thereafter employers shall employ members of the union in preference to non-members, provided there are members of the union equally qualified with non-members to perform the particular work to be done, and ready and willing to undertake it; provided that this clause shall not interfere with engagements subsisting between employers and non-unionists at this date. When members of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees' Union and non-members are employed together thete shall be no distinction between members and non-members, and both shall work together in harmony, and shall receive equal pay for equal work. In considering the qualifications of the member of the union as against the nonmember, the employer, when the worker is a waiter or waitress, shall be entitled to take into account such matters as the personal appearance and manners of the two workers, and generally their respective suitability for the work to be performed. EMPLOYEES' DEMANDS. Following are the principal demands of the employees: — Wages: — Kitchen: When five or more hands are employed: Chef, £4 10/; second, £2 15; third, £1 7/6; others, £1/5. Where four hands are employed: Chef. £2 15/; secor.d, ond, £2 5/; others, £1 7/6. Where three hands are employed. Chef, £3 10/; second, £2 2/6; others, £1 5/. Where two hands are employed: Chef, £2 15; second, £1 12/6. Where only one hand Is employed: Male cook, £2 5/; female, £1 15/. Others/i £1 5/. Waiters: —When three waiters or over are employed: Head waiters, £2 10/; second £2; third and others, £1 10/. Where two waiters are employed: Head waiter, £2; second, £1 10/. Where only one waiter is employed he shall be paid a minimum wage of £1 10/. Waitresses. —Where two or more waitresses ar e employed: Head waitress, £1 17/0, others, £ 1 2/6. Where only one waitress is employed, she shall be paid a minimum wage of £1 5/. Pantry.—Males: Where more than one is employed: First hand, £1 10/; others, £1 5/. Where only one hand is employed he shall be paid £1 5/. Females: All" females employed in the pantry , shall be pair! £1 2/6 per week. Oyster openers. — £1 15/. Hours. —For males npt to exceed 60 hours, and for females 52 hours a week. Hours of work to be arranged according to requirements of business. Casual labour. — Certain fates of] W? numeration are specified for casual labour. Board and Lodging.—Where board is not provided, cooks, waiters, waitresses and pantrymen shall be paid 10/, a week in addition to above rates. Where lodging is not provided they shall each receive an additional sum of 5/ per week. Provkled always that if an employer is willing, and offers to provide suitable lodging for any worker, and such worker prefers to lodge elsewhere, no allowance shall then be paid to such worker for lodging. Overtime. —Workers receiving £1 10/ per week or less shall be paid for overtime at the rate of 9d. per hour. Workers receiving more than £1 10/ per week shall be paid at the rate of time-and-a-half for overtime. Preference. —Members of the Union to have preference of employment over nonmembers.
CONCILIATION COUNCIL., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 71, 24 March 1909
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