Two cases of interest to railwaymen wero heard in tho Supremo Court at Wellington yesterday before tho Chief Justice —one being the adjourned action between tho A.S.R.S. and tho Minister of Railways regarding the right of appeal, and the other a case brought by the Thomdon branch of the society against tho parent body to determine the legality or otherwise of its action in appointing a general secretary to take charge of tho business of tho ‘ Railway Review ’ at an extra remuneration. The question involved in the first case was ; What were the rights of tho appellant, and the duties of Hie Appeal Board in the case of an appeal by a member of tho railway service from a decision not to promote him? Counsel for tho plaintiff contended that the Apnoal Board should consider every case on its merits, and determine not whether the General Manager had acted conscientiously, but whether ho had acted erroneously. All the parties now agreed with this view, and tho Chief Justice concurred, and said the matter would bo dismissed. Counsel for plaintiff indicated that he would apply to the Minister for costs of the piocecdings. in the second ease tho chairman and secretary of the Thorndon branch of the A.S.R.S. sought the Court’s ruling ns to tho powers of tho executive of tho parent body to appoint a general secretary as manager of tbo ‘ Railway Review ’ at a salary of £BO, in addition to his secretarial salary of £320 per annum. After hearing argument tho case was adjourned till December 14, so that counsel might peruse the judgment I yet unpublished) of the Court of Appeal in the recent Auckland friendly society case.
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RAILWAY CASES, Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914