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SERVICEMEN EXEMPT STATEMENT BY MINISTER P.A. WELLINGTON, Saturday. Returned servicemen are to be completely exempt from compulsory direction to employment under the industrial manpower regulations, said the Minister of National Service, Mr. McLagan, to-day. He added that there would be a considerable easing in the overall manpower situation in the near future. The Minister said he did not wish it to be understood that all returned servicemen had in the past been subject to manpower direction. The only returned men so subject were those of the replacement drafts who were still grade one and with a category liable to further overseas service, but even in the case of those men the manpower officers had adopted a lenient direction policy. Repatriated prisoners of war and returned servicewomen had been exempted from direction for some time. Although returned men were now being granted complete freedom to choose their own employment it might be necessary to defer the release of some men at present working in high priority industries, particularly members of special industry drafts, and he appealed to such men x> remain in their' present jobs at east until replacements could be provided. The Minister, referring to the fact that a servicemen's employment division had been set up within his Department for the purpose of placing in employment ex-servicemen who were desirous of such assistance, said the work had been taken over by his Department at the request of the Rehabilitation Department, and every help was given exservicemen by this branch towards their permanent rehabilitation in suitable available employment.

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WORK DIRECTION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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WORK DIRECTION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945