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STACK OF IRON NEAR BUREAU As the result of a dispute over a quantity of iron being stacked on the Central wharf near the labour bureau nearly 300 waterside Workers refused to accept employment yesterday. The men: claimed that the iron obstructed the area outside the bureau where they accepted work assigned to them, and constituted a danger to men passing through to obtain the discs which signify their acceptance of work. Most of the men went home, and some ships were affected through labour shortage. The president of the Auckland Waterside Workers' Union, Mr. H. Barnes, said this morning that the stack of iron was a continual danger to the large numbers of men who had to pass through an already congested area. Part of the wharf railway led through the area, and trains were passing along frequently. Small cargo-handling vehicles were also continually travelling through and refuelling there, and motor lorries had to drive in to get to the weighbridge. In addition, said Mr. Barnes, when the material was being stacked, men in the area were constantly dodging the lengths of iron being hoisted and swung into place. "If a man had. been injured," said Mr. Barnes, "he would have received no compensation, as he would not have been employed. At the stopwork meeting on Wednesday the union passed a resolution that if the iron and steel continued to be stacked there, members would not accept work.

'The iron was removed later in the day by the consignor. An Auckland "Harbour Board official said this, morning that the steel had been placed in the area because there had Been nowhere else to store, it/ He said that should another, shipment arrive and the board be forced to find storage space elsewhere, delay woμld be-caused, in the^discharge of'the ship. .'

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WATERFRONT DISPUTE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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WATERFRONT DISPUTE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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