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The Ins pec tor of Awards at Dunedin recently asked the Arbitration Court for an interpretation of clause 10 of (he waterside workers' agreement.

The clause van thus : “Men who are ordered down and attend and arc not, employed shall receive a minimum of two houi"' pay. and. similarly, if put on to work, shall not be. paid for less than two hours, such payments to be made, at tho ordinary overtime rates (according to the time oidcrod down) for the class of work they were engaged for ; and the employers shall have liberty within such two hours to employ any such man so ordered down, either on the ship for which ho was originally engaged on or any other belonging to or consigned to tho employer. This clause shall not, however, apply lo the case of men who have been working on 1 lie same ship on the previous <hiv°aii(l eainot start again at the usual time on (he next day in consequence of work, bein ' slopjiod by ruin or shortage of nailwav trucks, or in cases of vessels finishing discharging and failure of cargo beino- available lo be loaded to employ the same number of men used in discharging. »Such men, however, are to bo permitted to return to the wharf laborers’ wailing room,.'’ Question : Work commenced on the Shaw-Savill and Albion Company’s s.s. Zealand!* on -Mar 1. 1914, at 8 n,m., and ■with (he exception of the lunch hour continued until 5 p.m., at which time the men wore ordered to return to work at 6 p.m. In the meantime rain set in, but the rncu obeyed the order and returned to the, ship, and were ready to start work again. Tliev waited about fori nearly an hour, and then the company’s representative decided not to start work again that night. Some of the men were employed, to cover cargo and put the hatches on, and were paid for one hour's work, the others receiving no pay whatever. As these men had not been working on the same ship the previous day, should not all of them have been, paid for two hours at overtime rates?

Answer : In the circumstances stated clause 10 nf the industrial agreement has no application, and the question submitted must therefore he answered in the negative.

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WHARF LABORERS' PAY, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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WHARF LABORERS' PAY Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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