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Australi;'!! papers in-t ! > hand contain some interesting :i: I < u'lii. 1 . ia ai about the profwm-e to imif>!'■.'• .s w bvh rim Botl'T.-il liovcrni’iciit are en f. >n ;ng in I letcnc 1 cuntracts ; -

r !'he following ii;c. riven lias hemi msccUicl in l!m Pei', nee 1 i.-pa < mien! s iontract form :—“in the event o! any persons producing to the, rout raetor or any permitted sub-contractor an autiioniy in writing. so to do, signed ly tin 1 president and secretary of any trade tmtou of cm plovers fiiEii'C'ij in work of a. similar character to t!ic work. or any paid oi tit--' work, clone ley persons employed by the contractor or sub-i-entrmtor in tin? performance of the conlract. Ihe c.-nt raetor or rnli-oont raetor, a,, [in’ i mav lie.

shall pcrmit. such person antii-ndced to enter at meal times the premises where tin’ W'>rk is being carried on. and interview. in the absence of the contractor or sub-contractor, or any foreman, or ferewoman, any parson employed by the con tractor of work of the raid character." After a federal Cabbmt meet imp tite Assi.-iaiil-M iiii-tci- ed Defence (Mr Jenpeni made the folio-vim; statement ; “ The

.Ministry, to put oar p' bey of preference to unionists into operation in every instance when- it is possible to carry it out. During tin- Bast tew 'lays several coiiI'ereiiecs have been held 1. ’-tween the Vi; - torian Minister of Bubjie Weeks (Mr I lagclt horn j and i’'cdrral .Minidfrs. relative to tlie mode of earry b. g out 1 lie work of preparation cm be,ini the troopships. Kfforls were made by the ( onniion weal; it and Stale autborit to work amicaldy together in order to bring preference about, but it apnears linn- reomUly 27 painters were eiveu work at the State Ciovcrnmcmt dockyard at Wiiliainsto-wn upon trmipships. Of these 27 paintors, 15

were non-unionists, and two ot Iters were mifinaiK-ia! unionists. 'Bbos report was marie, to mo through the secretary of the Painters' I'liion, and j immediately asked Commander Ben-ford to proceed to Williamstown and ascertain if simh were the facts of the i [.■ lias imw supplier! me with his report. which .■.iibstantiatr-s the statement of the Baintm-.-.' Cnion secretary. rpon receiving I'omntander Blurfoi'd's report,. I immediately decided to enter into otic-i- arrangements will l regard to the titling tip of troopships in future. I have already entered into negotiations with one .Melbourne firm to supervise the necessary alten-lions to troopships, and 1 have banded over 1■ - this firm to-day "in- steamer to be ran da ready for franspoit work. 'Bibs firm—W. t'. ('one and Co., of I'ort Melbourne - have ay read to earry on! tin- p..iii y of the Bed era! .Ministry entiu-ly with regard to (he employment of unionists to do the whole of the work upon (his steamer or any others that may tie entrusted to tli-’ni.”

At the Wai ganni racecourse a rem-.-her camp Is in jungic.-s. 300 ofiiceis, non-com-inissuoned oilucn-, and <adds from the Wellington niilitar.y district aiea- being under canvas, in charge of Major .Morrison and stall’ olUcers. Favored liy good weather condil inns. a vtrei;immik training programme is being carried out.

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PREFERENCE TO UNIONISTS., Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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PREFERENCE TO UNIONISTS. Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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