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Increases in coal miners' rates of pay have been ordered by the Coal Mines Council which sat in Wellington on July 12. Piece work rates are raised by 71 per cent, and contract truckers' and day and weekly wage men's rates by 1/6 a shift. The increases are all retrospective to May 7. . ~ In giving its decision, the council recommends that the additional costs of production involved be met by means of a subsidy from the Government or an increase in the selling price of coal, according to the Government's policy. The council consists of Mr. J. Dowgrav (chairman) and Mr. F. Carson and Mr. A. V. Prendiville as members. The increase to each class of worker is estimated to cost 6d a ton, a total increase of 1/ a ton. On the New Zealand total output of 2 800,000 tons a year this amounts to £140.000.

Based on his previous average possible earnings and output, the average earnings of a hewer will now amount to £560 to £600 a year, according to the mine in which he is employed. The' average possible earnings for daily wage men. based on the previous average, will be from £410 to £420 a year.

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MINERS' WAGES UP, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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MINERS' WAGES UP Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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