The Palmerston sittings of the Arbitration Court were concluded yesterday before Mr Justice Sim and Messrs Brown and McOullough. COACH-WORKERS' AWARD. J. Mclutosh was charged with a breach of the coach workers' award by failing to pay award rate Owing to extenuating circumstances the Court fined respondent only £1 and coats, 3s. THE FLAXMILLERS' AWARD. McDonald and Bevau (Mr Pryor), flaxmillers, were charged witli three breaches of the flaxmillers' award in respect of wages paid to three Maori employees, namely 44s per week iustead of 46s as specified in the award. The first two breaches were dismissed by the Court and in respect to the third breach a fine of £2 and costs ■was inflicted. A charge , against Swaiuson and Sevan, of Levin, for a breach of the flaxmillers , award in not; paring wages weekly or fortnightly was withdrawn. COMPENSATION CASE. A. E. Carroll (Mr Innes)) applied for the sum of £300 from W. Ross and Son, Ltd., flaxmillers, as compensation for the loss of her right arm which was mutilated in a i scutching machine some time ago. Mr Innes on behalf of the applicant asked for the compensation to be paid in a lump sum. On behalf of the respondent Mr Cooper admitted the liability, but objected to the payment of a" lump sum, asking that a weekly order be made. An order was made for a weekly payment of ss, to remain in force till further order of the Court, with costs £3 3s. APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION. Swainson and Bevan and McDonald and Bevan, Levin (Mr Pryor) applied for exemption from the flaxmillers' award in respect to Maori labour employed at their mills. Mr Pryor on behalf of the applicants pointed out that it was really on behalf of the Maori workers themselves that the application was made, as, if if were not granted the two firms would have to dismiss all their Maori labour, and employ Europeans. Mr W. H. Westbrooke on behalf of the Flax Employees' Union opposed the application and brought a considerable amount of evidence to show that the Maori labour was equal in all respects to European. The Court dismissed the case on the ground that it had not been made clear that the Maori workers desired the exemption, or that such exemption was advisable. BAKERS' DISPUTE. The hearing of the bakers' dispute adjourned from Wanganui, was then taken, the Union .applying for a new award. The application was opposed by local bakers, who were represented by Messrs 0. E. Whitehead and Clare, Mr Westbrooke appearing for the Union.
Mr Whitehead said that the principal objection to the award was that it was tackod on to the Wellington award, conditions as regards town and country businesses being absolutely dissimilar. Local employers had done their utmost to arrange a conference .with the employees here, and would have, no doubt, succeeded but for the Wellington award. There was no discontent under the present circumstances and as far as he could see .everyone would be satisfied if matters were left as they were. No evidence being called, the matter was further adjourned to Napier, where the Court sits on Monday.
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ARBITRATION COURT., Manawatu Times, Volume LXV, Issue 382, 4 April 1908
ARBITRATION COURT. Manawatu Times, Volume LXV, Issue 382, 4 April 1908
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