THE RAILWAY SERVICE.
WORKSHOPS HANDS REDUCED. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) WELLINGTON, Monday. "There is a shortage of orders," said Mr' Ronayne, General Manager of Railways, when interviewed to-day regarding the dismissal of hands from railway workshops. "We have completed 250 12----ton wagons at Addington for the Huru-nui-Bhiff section, and there is not another order for 250 to keep men employed." "Can you say if there are to be further disminsals ?" "It largely depends on the develop-, ment of the North Island Main Trunk line. The slump in the timber traffic caused an unlooked-for drop in revenue, and we cannot go on building if the revenue is dropping." "Are dismissals likely to take place in other sections of the service?" "It all depends upon the number of trains run. You cannot reduce your traffic employees unless you cut out trains. We have no surplus men. If it is decided to reduce train mileage there could be a big reduction in enginemen, firmen, yardmen, etc., but if the business has to be done you must have the men." Mr Ronayne mentioned that the last batch of men dismissed from the Addington workshops included eight labourers, three ironmoulders, eight boilermakers, seven "holders-up," eight turners and two fitters.
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