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BOOKBINDERS' DISPUTE.

APPLICATION FILED TO CONCILIATION COMMISSIONER. An application has been filed by the Auckland Bookbinders, Paper Rulers and Cutters' Industrial Union of Workers with the clerk of awards (Mr Cave), requesting that the dispute between the Union and the Auckland Provincial Bookbinders and Manufacturing Stationers' Industrial Union, of Employers Be heard by the Council of Conciliation.

The Employees' Union demands-include a 45-hour week, a minimum ■wage for competent journeymen binders and rulers of £3 per week, and of £2 15/ per week for first cutters, £2 15/ for second, and £2 for third and other cutters. Clause P under the heading of "Journeymen's work defined," sets forth that "Any cutter taken off guillotine work to do journeymen binders' work sTiall be paid at the rate of £3 per week for the time during ■which he is so occupied. It shall be permissible for any binder to be taken from the bench to do cutting, provided that whilst so employed he be paid the rate of wages prescribed for journeymen binders." Competent journeymen who are employed as casual hands shall b< , paid not less than 1/51 per hour. Overtime is to be paid at the rate of time and a-third, except on Sundays and Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday, when double time shall be paid, end on other public holidays, when time and a-half shall be paid. A clause is inserted providing Tor the fixing of wage rates for workers who are not capable of earning the minimum wage, the proportion of such under-rate workmen to bo not more than one to every three fully-paid journeymen employed. The UnJon demands that all apprentices shall be legally indentured for a term of five years, after three months on probation, such time to be reckoned as part of the period of apprenticeship. The proportion of apprentices shall be one for every three journeymen or fraction of the first three who have been regnlarly employed for two£hirds of the year. Apprentice wages are fixed at 7/6 per week~for the first year, 12/6 for the second, 17/6 for the third, £1 5/ for the fourth, and £1 10/ for the fifth year. Overtime to apprentices to be paid at the rate of 6d per hour to those whose wages do not exceed 10/ per week, and 0d per hour for those receiving more than 10/. Piecework shall be -permitted in any branch of the trade. The usual preference clause is inserted.

The Union recommends Messrs F. Yates and A. C. Bird for appointment as assesors representing the workers.

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BOOKBINDERS' DISPUTE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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