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Dissatisfaction exists among the Auckland Labor representatives with regard to the suspension of the Auckland grocers’ assistants and drivers’ award, which was made by an Order-in-Oopncil under the Regulation of Trade and Commerce -Act. The object of the suspension is to enable the slackness of work consequent upon the war to be spread over the whole of the men engaged in the trade, and the effect of the conditions to which the suspension is subject is to substitute an hourly rate of wages based on the weekly rate stipulated for in the award for the weekly that would otherwise obtain. The president of the Grocers’ Assistants’ Union states that the union approached the masters, and, with the object of obviating as far as possible the discharge of men, had suggested that the terms of the award should be temporarily varied. An agreement was arrived at to this effect, and this made stipulations as to hours to bo worked as set out in. the conditions of the suspension. There was, however, a further clause strictly limiting the variation of the award to matters set forth in the conditions, and in all other respects the award was -to hold good. 'The object of approaching the Governor was merely to overcome a technical difficulty which arose in connection with the variation of the award, hut it was never anticipated by the union that there would be a- complete suspension of- the award for an indefinite period. The effect of the Order-in-Council now appeared to be that there were no binding conditions governing the employment of grocers’ assistants, and the only" course open to the union was to apply for an entirely fresh award in July, 1915, the date of the expiry of the original award.

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WORK AND WAGES, Evening Star, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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WORK AND WAGES Evening Star, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914