WORK AND WAGES
WAGES DURING WAR TIME,
Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright.
SYDNEY, November 30.
In the Industrial Arbitration Court today Mr Justice Hcydon delivered judgment in connection with applications from a number of trade groups regarding the powers of wages boards during war time, arising out of the contention of the chairmen of several boards that they should for the time being cease to deal with applications to regulate wages. Mr Justice Heydon said there was no direct provision in the Act empowering the Court to givo boards such directions, but ho thought the Appellate Jurisdiction Court justified it. After traversing the detrimental effects' of war on commerce and employment, and referring to the omens pointing to a protracted war, he held that Government employees must not at present look for higher wages. As regarded other workers, the presumption was against any claims for increases. This ruling applied' to all cases before the Court. Things might develop favorably in a short time, and he therefore suggested that the existing awards should be renewed for a short term, with the right to apply for increases within that time if circumstances justified it. SEAMEN’S COM PENSATION. SYDNEY, November 30. The High Court to-day delivered an important judgment in connection with the Seamen’s Compensation Act. The second officer of a steamer was killed at sea, and the ages from the Australian Steamship Company, which appealed against the verdict on the ground that the Commonwealth Parliament had no power to pass an Act relating to extra-territorial matters. The Court, by five to one (Mr Justice Barton being the dissentient), dismissed the appeal. SHIPWRIGHTS RETURN TO WORK. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, December 1. (Received December 1, at 9.35 a.m.)
The dockyard shipwrights have resumed work conditional on receiving double pay for overtime.
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WORK AND WAGES, Evening Star, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914