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The Conciliation Board at Christchurch are considering the dispute in the engineering trade. The men demand forty-four hours as a week’s work, Saturdays from eight till noon. The wage, demanded is from 9s to 11s, the overtime rate to be time and a-half, and double rates on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and’ Sunday. Night shifts 2s a night extra. Only one shift of eight hours out of twenty-four to be reckoned as a day shift. One- apprentice to four journeymen, the term of apprenticeship to he five years, All time going to and returning from work to be paid tor, irrespective of distance. On all marine repair work Is a day dirt money to be paid. Members of trade unions to be-employed in preference to non-unionists. The hearing is likely to last some days. ■ At the sitting of the Wellington Board of Conciliation yesterday Mr Kennedy (Union Steam Ship Company) put in a document signed by representatives of the various trades employed by the company, stating that they were perfectly satisfied with tho arrangements as to hours of labor now existing in the company’s shops. It was decided to add the decision of the company’s employes to the Board’s award. Mr Kennedy mentioned that tho expenditure on labor by the Union Company at Wellington for the year ended 30th September, 1897, was :—ln the company’s repairing yard, £22,219 • handling of cargo, £14,417; total, £36,636! or an average of over £7OO per week. At times as many as 250 men were at work in the Wellington yard. As the results of the day s deliberations it was agreed that the rate of pay to competent men should be per hour instead of by the day. The amount to be paid will be agreed upon as fixed by the Board later. It was also agreed that all overtime work and work on Saturday holidays and Saturday afternoons should be paid for at the rate of time and a-quarter for the first two hours and time and a-half after two hours. TTT A ,.° onferenoe of tailoresses was opened at Wellington last night with the object of endeavoring to put the trade of the colony on the same footing and to frame a log for tho whole colony. The proposals made by the trustees of tho Bank of Isew Zealand Officers’ Guarantee aud Provident Association have been re* jeoted by nearly all the subscribers in Weilington. The latter are said to be averse to raising the subscriptions from 1 per cent, to Jona ent '’ t0 ® x ' n S the maximum pension at £3OO per annum, and to representation by persons who are under the influence of the Bank. There is also a feeling that, the age at which officers can be compulsorily retired should be restored to sixty years.

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WORK AND WAGES., Evening Star, Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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WORK AND WAGES. Evening Star, Issue 10460, 2 November 1897