VARIATION OF AWAED -ASKED FOR.
The Arbitration Court sat nt Auckland yesterday as a Royal Commission under the Regulation of Trade and Commerce Act to hear an application by the Auckland Sawmillers' Association for a variation of the timber workers' award, so a3 to allow timber workers to be employed and paid at per hour instea-d of at per week. it wa3 explained that the war had had the effect of reducing the activity of the industry, and tho employment of men on shorter time was the only alternative to a reduction of the staffs. The association also made a condition or variation that four days' work per week was to be Ispread over six days. (This was stroUgiy opposed by the union, which was prepared to accept four days' work confined to four days, allowing the men to engage in some other occupatiori on two days. , The Court said it would support the attitude taken up by the union. . The association's representative said this was not acceptable, and since the employers could not have four days' work spread over six davs. which the exigencies of the industry demanded, they would Srobabry adopt the other alternative and ismiss a number of hands.
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TIMBER WORKERS, Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914
TIMBER WORKERS Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914
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