. . a CLAIMS FOR BREACHES.; (By Telegraph.—Press Association.} WELLINGTON Thursday. Reserved judgments were delivered by Dr. A. MeArthur, S.M., to-day in cases of alleged breaches of industrial .awards. ~. In tlie case of the inspector of awards v. Staples and Co., the plaintiff claimed to recover £10 as a penalty for an alleged breach of the Wellington painters' •award. Defendants employed James McMillan as a painter, and paid him only 50/ per week of 45 hours, instead of 1/3 per hour as required by. the painters' award. McMillan was a regular hand employed as a maltster's labourer at a constant wage of 50/ a week. He was engaged off hand during the alack season in doing odd jobs of painting. His Worship considered the defendants were quite justified in employing McMillan as they did, and they committed no breach. The "Wellington Seamen's Union claimed from the "Wellington, Havelock, and Motueka Steamship Company £10 as a penalty for an alleged breach of award. Charles Grant, ordinary seaman of the s.s. Manaroa, "was employed in performing duties of lamptrimmer on the vessel-at a monthly wage of £4 10/, alleged to be contrary to an award, which provides that laniptrimmers shali be paid a monthly wage of £7. The /magistrate said the Manaroa carried one A.B. in excess of the required number. "Clause 2 of the award," said his Worship, "regulates the rate of wages, and says 'lamptrimmers and A.B.?s shall be paid £S, and lamptrimmers £7.' I take this to mean that if a lamptrimmer is also an A.B. he shall get £8, and that if he is a laimptrimimer pure and simple, he shall get £7. Grant does not come under either denomination. He is not an A.B. and it would be absurd to call him a lamptrimmer pure and simple on a small steamer of 78 tons. Moreover, he worked under the day system, not watch and watch, and did his lamps as part of the day's work, just as he did brass and other work allotted to himi. I cannot see that the defendant company has been guilty of a breach of the award." A suit was brought by the inspector of awards against the Wellington Gas Company. The plaintiff claimed to recover £10 for an alleged breach of the building trades labourers' award. The company employed as building trade labourers two men who were not members of the union when certain members of the union were available. A penalty of £2 witih costs was imposed.
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