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TENTH DAY.

On Saturday,, Juno 1, P. C. AYobb presided. Minutes and correspondence were read. Political Action. Discussion was resumed on political action. The ''previous (|Uestion." was moved, and defeated by 80} votes fo 08}.

Mr. Hickey's amendment «as car- I ried by 7tj votes to b'B. j P. i'raser then moved a further amendment, providing thai- the candi- | date be a Socialist candidate, but this j was defeated by 85 votes to 30. i R. Semple- moved to have the follow- j ing words added to the motion : "A can- | didate must be. a financial member of | the Federation and a wage-worker." Mr P. H. Hickey seconded the i;iotiou. | which was carried by 100 votes to l.'i. I ! The motion in its eniiroly was then j adopted. j | In the afternoon it. was decided:! "Thai in the event of any member of | the executive of the N.Z.F.K. being! elected to a seat iii Parliament, he shall \ at once cease (<, |,c ;( member of the j executive." ! I Waterside Matters. The matter raised in (he following motion was left, with the waterside delegates a.nd executive "That 1 ho question of overseers and superintendents of work, as provided for iv the rules of the Lyttelton Stevedores' Fnion, bo discussed by this conference." | F. K. Canhani was given an oppor- ( {unity to ventilate the obstructive iae- j ties pursued by the Registrar of Unions | under the Conciliation and Arbitration ' Act, in preventing unions from caueell- j ing their regisl rat ion under the Act. j Mr. Canhani produced documentary evidence dealing v. iih the difficulties his j union had had to overcome, and staled j that cancellation bad only been oblain- I ed tijioii a f eehniealit v. i P. 11. Hickey moved. Mr. Young seconded, and it was carried: "That this conference expresses its indignation and resentment at the Registrar's

: and Conciliation Commissioner's ati tempi to burk cancellations." j iron Deposits. I On the motion of F. Dv Feu and J. 1 J. Montgomery, it was carried: "That j conference consider the advisability or otherwise of urging tho Government to take over the iron deposits oi this I country." j Solidarity In Industrial Upheaval. | It was resolved: ••That if be an inj stnielion to the executive that when | they reply to the United Labor .Party i deputation's request for united notion i thoy endeavor fo ascertain what possi- ! bility there is of arriving a I a definite ! understanding during industrial trouj bio, and of what advantage sum], ;,l]j_ I ance might be: and that Hie executive also be empowered to approach all trades councils and unions for a like purpose." R. Crowley was elected on the Standing Order Committee, vice A. Itessor, who had returned to Auckland. Mining Remits. On behalf of the mining delegates. H. Kennedy reported as follows re remits. The follow ing were agreed to: — That any man in or about a mine, working after 4 p.m.. shall receive 20 per cent, increase in wages. _ That no miner work more than six hours baulc to bank" in wet places, with iL's. per day minimum wage. That no press the Government to adopt the minority report of the Mines Commission. The following remits were supplemented by the remarks included: That conference discuss the abolition of the tonnage and run! ractiug system. (This matter is dealt >vilh in the Mm

ority Report of the Mines Commission, and we wish tho Minority Report to bo gii-on effect to.) That no miner work underground under a minimum wage of 12s. per day. (Agreed to during such time as contracting exists in mines, so as to secure same, whether men make VJn. or not in contracts.) That the eight hours' bank to bank clause bo amended to read: That no worker be employed underground more than eight hours in any 24 hours. (Agreed to. Clause 2401 of Mining Act and clause in Coal Mines Act.) That the Federation endeavor to have specified amount of air allowed by tho Act to miners to sweep undiminished round the working faces where workers are employed. (Instead of thiß remit, wo urge tho Government to adopt recommendations as made in Mines Commission Report re ventilation in coal and gold mines.) Coal Minos Act, 1908. — That in clause re inspection of mines after serious accident, the word "serious" b< deleted therefrom. (Mines Commission Report hears on same.) That .we view with disfavor, and protest against, the finding of the Royal Commission in the suggested reduction of two hours in the length of time allowed before returning to a missr lire. . ■ • (Also tin- increased speed of winding engines, and also words "improved barrier.") Mr. Ridd explained the following uew j remit: That the Coal Mines Act of 1908 be amended to provide that whore the miners in any mine so desire they shall be paid by the. weight, of the mineral gotten by them. This remit was included in The report. .On tho motion of H. T. Armstrong ai».!_ P. H. Hickey, the report of the mining delegates was adopted. Enginedrfvers. Hy request of mining delegates, F. Power dealt with tho following remit: That- conference discuss the working-time of eiiginedrivers and firvmen, with special reference to meal time. After Mr. Power's remarks, including a condemnation of tho attitude of the mutinous cnginodrivors of AVat'hi (cheered), the remit was referred to the mie ing delegates for report. It was decided to devote a Snnda.-? I session to the proposed new const it vi tion.

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TENTH DAY., Maoriland Worker, Volume 2, Issue 65, 7 June 1912

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TENTH DAY. Maoriland Worker, Volume 2, Issue 65, 7 June 1912

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