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The Arbitration Court, in a resorved judgment delivered by Mr. Justice Prazer, refused an application to extend tho New Zealand (except Marlborough) Motor Mechanics' Award to the Marlborough industrial district, and to add the employers of motor mechanics in that district as parties to tho award.

The application was opposed by tho employers, and a number of employees gavo evidence agaiust having the award extended to the Marlborough industrial district.

"Tho Court has jurisdiction to extend the award in accordance, with the application," said his Honour. "Tho general nature of motor mechanics and garage attendants' work in tho Marlborough district does not diffor appreciably from that of the work performod by similar workers in tho other districts in which the award is in force. In exercising its discretion, however; the Court must consider tho views and wishes of employers and workers. So far as the workers are concerned, a check of the list of journeymen, members of the union, with a list ef all journeymen employed in the district, shows that seven journeymen out of twenty-one at present employed are members of the union. A considerable number of the remainder are said to be definitely opposed to any alteration in their present conditions of employment,, which they regard as being on the whole more.favourable'than those prescribed by the award." In the present case, said his Honour, there had not been, and could not have boon, an opportunity of a discussion in Conciliation Council. Further, the term of the award had expired, and an application for a new award, in respect of which Marlborough parties might be cited, could be made at any time. In view of all the circumstances, the Court was of tho opinion, that it should refuse the application. In so doing, it expressed no opinion as to the merits of the application, and left the matter entirely open for full consideration if and when an application for a Marlborough district award or a Dominion (including Marlborough) award was made.

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MOTOR MECHANICS, Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 11, 13 July 1931

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MOTOR MECHANICS Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 11, 13 July 1931

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