It is interesting to note that organised Labour, as represented by the Wellington Watersiders' Union, is supporting the release of military defaulters. While no one would deny their right to come to such a decision, I think that we are entitled to expect a consistency of approach and treatment from such representative bodies. A parallel case is that of what we might term an industrial defaulter, where the union has declared a state of emergency, and given direction to its members. There are those who have disobeyed these directions, pleading conscience. There is no tribunal to hear these cases, or further right of appeal, but the penalty of ostracism is vigorously applied. I am not concerned as to the merits of this penalty: but I do suggest that we are entitled to expect a similar approach where the far graver issue of a national emergency is involved. C. L. PODMORE.
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INDUSTRIL DEFAULTERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945
INDUSTRIL DEFAULTERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945
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