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SOLDIER TRADE TRAINEES RETROSPECTIVE TO APRIL 1 O.C. WELLINGTON, Thursday. It had been decided to increase the wages of trainees at rehabilitation trade training centres by 10/ a week, retrospective to April 1, in accordance with the recent determination of the Arbitration Court, stated the Minister of Rehabilitation, Mr. Skinner, tonight. The new rates will mean that commencing wages will be £5 15/ a week, including cost-of-living allowances. The extra 10/ a week will also apply to the normal wage increase as the course progresses until the full journeyman's rate is reached. The Minister stated that this decision by the Rehabilitation Board meant that it would meet the whole of any increase granted by the Court in regard to training given at the board's training centres. In the case of subsidised training by private employers, the board would meet the same relative proportion of the total wage as at present.

Referring to the scheme of subsidised training with private employers, Mr. Skinner said-that, although many employers had already made provision to meet the increase from April 1, others had delayed the adjustments pending knowledge of the board's intentions.

"Now that the decision has been, announced, it is hoped that all employers will adopt the new scale at once and apply for reimbursement of the increased subsidy as from the date announced by the Court for date announced by the Court for the "Rehabilitation officers will convey the board's decision to every employer concerned, but to avoid delay it. is desired that employers of trainees should take the initiative. Similarly, in the case of revived apprenticeships, where the board meets a proportion of the journeyman's rate, it will now meet a relative share of any new journeyman's rate fixed by the Court."

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INCREASE IN WAGES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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INCREASE IN WAGES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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