THE RAILWAY APPEALS.
BOARD'S SITTING CONCLUDED. The North Island Railway Appeal Board (Messrs H. Eyre Kennedy, S.M., chairman, C. P. Ryan and M. Lee) concluded'its sitting in Auckland to-day. During its sitting, which lasted three days, the Board heard five appeals. The reports of the Board on the appeals will not be made public until after they have been delivered to the Minister. PUKEKOHE PORTER'S GRIEVANCE. Martin Muloney, porter, Pukekohe, appealed against his being not appointed storeman on the D 3 list, as promotion to which he was entitled. The appellant gave evidence to the effect that he had had considerable experience during his nine years' railway service in goods-shed work. He had been in charge of the sheds at Pukekohe. The evidence called for the appellant deposed that he was, so far as. these witnesses had had experience of him, competent in storeman's woTk. William Masorr Cole, stationmaster at Onehunga, gave evidence, stating that the appellant had not been at all satisfactory while under him, during which time he was employed at shunting and tallying on the wharf.' The District Traffic Manager (T. W. Waite) said that from reports he had received he had not thought fit to recommend the appellant for promotion to a position as storeman. A GANGER'S CASE. Patrick McCrory, who has been a gang.er for 20 years, appealed because he had not been promoted from second-class ganger to first-class ganger. For this case Mr Patrick Laffy took a seat as a member of the Board, and Uγ Lee retired. McCrory is a ganger at Otahuhu, and during his service in the Department lias been in charge of five "lengths." He said that about four years ago Inspector Bennett offered him promotion to Aramoho, but owing to family reasons he could not accept the offer. Since then he had worked under various inspectors, and never to his knowledge had any of them ever found fault with his work. He knew of several first-class gangers who were doing similar work to that which he had been engaged upon. He had been in charge of the Mt. Smart ballast pit, where he had about 20 men under him. He had also relaid the Manurewa siding. Inspectors Northcott, Bennett, Geraghty and Osborne gave evidence as to the good work done by the appellant as line ganger, and it was generally stated that he was qualified for a first-grade ganger. Mr Davison, who appeared for the Department, did not call evidence, but he stated that the appellant's good work and long service had been recognised by the inspectors, and he had been recommended for promotion on the D 3 list for 1909. This closed the case and the sitting of the Court.
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