RECENT INCREASE RESULT
Toward the end of this month Auckland waterside workers and casual hands will receive back pay calculated on both ordinary work and overtime, amounting in all to upwards of £20,000. For those regularly employed on the waterfront this will represent an average payment of between £12 and £14 each.
The increases, which are retrospective to April 1 last, are in line with similar increases made to various other unions as the result of the recent Arbitration Court decision. In the case of Waterside workers and casual workers it will mean an increase of 3kl an hour on normal working hours, aid an hour for ordinary overtime, 7d for special overtime and Sunday rates, and 4«d for Saturday overtime.
Though the Waterfront Commission has paid out ot"her large sums in the past—an increase of 4d an hour made about 1940 meant a payment of over £20,000 —the retrospective payment at present under computation will probably be the largest to be made by any employer in Auckland.
Some idea of the vast amount of work devolving on the office staff can be gained from the fact that the stack of accounts awaiting checking is about 4ft high, and the hours for which payment has to be made reaches the huge tottil of 1,297,137 i over the period from April 1 to July 10. Apart from the normal payments to 2200 waterside workers, including about 600 casual hands, each week the staff has also to compile the back pay. This will be paid out in the normal manner about the end of the month. The average increase in pay on normal working hours for members of the Waterside Workers' Union will be about 12/6 a week under the new scale.
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£20,000 PAYOUT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
£20,000 PAYOUT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
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