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(Feb Phess Association.—Copyright.)

BRUSSELS, October 4. The Belgian Miners’ Congress have demanded 15 per cent, increase in wages before November 15, otherwise a general strike will be ordered.


LONDON, October 4. The leading employes, and officials of the Amalgamated Engineers’ Society are confident that a conference will be Arranged durihg the present week on the basis of the proposals submitted by Mr Ritchie (president of the Board of Trade.)

The Canterbury branch of the Engineers’ Society have sent Home £IOO as the first instalment of a donation towards the strike fund.

THE GOLD MINING DISPUTE. . The sitting of the Arbitration Court at Resfton concluded on Thursday fast', when Mr Justice Williams made the following award in respect to the dispute between the Miners’ Union and the Consolidated Goldfields of New Zealand and other companies before the Court i This Court have carefully considered the evidence before them, but as the recommendation ef the Conciliation Board was unanimously agreed on, great weight must be given to this recommendation by the Court, and it is adopted to a great extent, though not entirely. Shift bosses, 11s Bd. Timber men, 11s Sd. Rise, winze, and shaft, 10s. Miners.—This Court would like to see a scale of wages adopted similar to that in some parts of Otago, with a maximum of 10s ner shift, but do not see their way to frame such a scale, and consequently settle the average wage per shift at Js (hi, Ihis Court would also like to see provision made for beginners, but have not sufficient knowledge to make any award in connection therewith, but recommend tho union malting an agreement of this kind with the several companies Truckers, Bs. Battery feeders, Ss.

Men working in bad air or in wet ground six hours to constitute a shift.—No award. If inspection of the mines is sufficient, as it ought to be there should be no working in bad air. Wet ground is rare.

Pick and shovel men, Si 6d. Ordinary surface labor about mines, 8 . Bushmen.—No award. Companies do not employ this class of labor, only employed by contractors to companies. Men in charge of shift at batteries, 10s. Blanket washers. —No award. No persons employed solely in this capacity by the companies. Men working rock drills, 10s. Engine drivers and wheelmen, 11s Bd. Blacksmiths, Hs 8d to 13s 4d. Brdcemen, 9s. Chambermen. —No award. Truckers sometimes act as chambermeu.

Working hours.—Night shift goes on I a.ra. Monday morning, ceases work 8 a.m. Day shift Saturday goes on S a.m., ceases work 2 p.m’ Afternoon shift, Saturday goes on 2 p.m., ceases work 8 p.m. Saturday evening. That when the main shaft exceeds 250 ft in depth and where there is machinery the company shall at all times lift the men. Where tenders for work are called for written specifications shall be provided to work by. The Christmas holidays shall commence on Christmas Eve and end on New Year’s Day both inclusive. The Queen’s Birthday and Labor Day shall also be holidays. That no work shrill be done on Sunday or during any of tho_ holidays above mentioned, except that which is or absolute necessity. Each company in employing labor shall not discriminate against members of the union and shall not, either directly or indirectly, do anything with a view to injure the union. Members of the union shall work in harmonv with nonunion men.

The award shall be binding upon the union and the several companies for the period of two years. His Honor also gave a decision in another case as follows ,* —The rate of wages to be paid by Andrew M‘Kay to pick and shovel men employed by him shall be 8s 6d per day j blacksmiths, lls Sd to 13 1 4 1 per day.

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WORE AND WARES., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897

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WORE AND WARES. Issue 10437, 5 October 1897

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