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stables, mixing feed, and taking out change horses, receives £1 5s. a
week for sixty-seven hours' work. The other, whose age is twenty-
three, rides leader horses and takes out change teams. His average
hours are sixty-seven a week, and he receives £1 a week. We con-
sider the first one is a general stable-hand, and he must be placed on
the same footing as the other general stable-hands, as regards
wages, hours, and overtime. The other performs special work not
coming under any of the classes we have dealt with. We fix his
wages at £1 10s. a week and his hours at the same as those for the
drivers and conductors, upon whom he practically attends.

We have not granted preference to the union. We agree with
the reasons given by the Conciliation Board in refusing to recom-
mend it ; but the usual clauses prohibiting discrimination have been
inserted in the award. Xheo. Cooper, J., President.



(131a.) otago tramways.— award.
In the Court of Arbitration of New Zealand, Otago and Southland
Industrial District. — In the matter of ** The Industrial Concilia-
tion and Arbitration Act, 1900," and of its amendment ; and of
an industrial dispute between the Otago Tramways Industrial
Union of Workers (hereinafter called *'the union") and the
undermentioned tramway- proprietors (hereinafter called respec-
tively*' the employers"), namely: The Roslyn Cable and Electric
Tramway Cx)mpany, the Dunedin and Kaikorai Cable Tramway
Company, and the Mornington Cable Tramway Company.

The Court of Arbitration of New Zealand (hereinafter called *' the
Court "), having taken into consideration the matter of the above-
mentioned dispute, and having heard the union by its representatives
duly appointed, and having also heard the employers by their
representatives duly appointed, and having also heard the witnesses
bailed and examined and cross-examined by and on behalf of the



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said parties respectively, doth hereby order and award : That, as
between the union and the members thereof and the employers and
each and every of them, the terms, conditions, and provisions set
out in the schedule hereto and of this award shall be binding upon
the union and upon every member thereof and upon the employers
and upon each and every one of them, and that the said terms,
conditions, and provisions shall be deemed to be and they are
hereby incorporated in and declared to form part of this award ;
and, further, that the union and every member thereof and the
employers and each and every one of them shall respectively do,
observe, and perform every matter and thing by this said award
and by the said terms, conditions, and provisions respectively
required to be done, observed, and performed, and shall not do any-
thing in contravention of this award or of the said terms, conditions,
and provisions, but shall in all respects abide by, observe, and
perform the same. And the Court doth hereby further award,
order, and declare that any breach of the said terms, conditions,
and provisions set out in the schedule hereto shall constitute a
breach of this award, and that the sum of £100 shall be the
maximum penalty payable by any party or person in respect thereof.
And the Court doth further order and award that this award shall
come into operation on the Idth day of October, 1902, and shall
continue in force until the 13th' day of October, 1904.

In witness whereof the seal of the Court hath been hereto put
and affixed, and the President of the Court hath hereto set his
hand, this 4th day of October, 1902 (the time for making this award
having been first duly extended by the Court until the 6th day of
October, 1902). Theo. Cooper, J., President.'



The Schedule hereinbefore referred to.

general clauses applicable to all the above employers.

Hours of Work,

1. Gripmen, conductors, and motormen shall work without
payment of overtime 104 hours a fortnight, including Sundays. In
calculating the said 104 hours any work done on Sunday exceeding
six hours shall be estimated at time and a half. If after calculating
the Sunday work as aforesaid any of the gripmen, conductors, or
motormen shall work in any one fortnight more than 104 hours,
then he shall be paid at the rate of time and a half for such excess.
Each fortnight to stand by itself.

2. The times for commencing and leaving work and the regula-
lation generally of the hours for each day's work shall be in the
discretion of each employer, and shall be regulated according to the
requirements from time to time of the particular employer's
business.

3. Conductors at present in the employment of the respective
employers shall for the future be paid at least the minimum wages
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companies parties to this award, and the time daring which they
have hitherto been in the employment of the particular employer
shall count in estimating the amount of wages to be paid to them
during the currency of this award.

4. Only time lost through default of the worker shall be deducted
from his wages.

Wages to be paid fortnightly.

5. Wages shall be paid fortnightly before 8 o'clock in the
evening.

Holiday Work.

6. Workers shall, if required so to do, work on all holidays. For
work done on Christmas Day and Good Friday they shall be paid
double rates. They shall not receive any extra rates for work done
on any other holiday, but the following special provision shall
apply : Two days* holiday or two days' pay, as the employers in
their discretion shall think fit, shall be allowed to each worker once
every three, months, if he shall have been so long in the service of
the employer. Such holidays shall be upon such days, either con-
secutive or at separate intervals, as the employer may consider
best suited to the regulation of its business.

Incompetent Workmen,

7. Any worker who may consider himself imcompetent from any
cause to esum the minimum wage hereby prescribed for the class of
work for which he desires employment may be employed by any of
the employers at such lesser wage as shall be fixed in writing by
the Chairman of the Conciliation Board for this industrial district
Twenty- four hours' notice of the application shall be given by such
worker to the secretary of the union, and such secretary shall be
entitled to be heard upon such application.

No Discrimination against Unionists.

8. The employers shall not, in the engagement or dismissal of
their hands, discriminate against members of the union, nor do
anything for the purpose of injuring the union directly or in-
directly.

9. When members of the union and non-members are employed
together both shall work together and in harmony, and shall re-
ceive equal pay for equal work.

Term of Award,

10. This award shall come into operation on the 13th day of
October, 1902, and shall continue in force until the 13th day of
October, 1904.

The clauses and conditions above set forth, numbered 1 to 10
inclusive, shall be applicable to all the employers above named.



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SPECIAL GLAUSES APPLICABLE TO THE EMPLOTEBS HEBBUNDEB
SPECIALLY NAMED.

The MomingUm Cable Tramway Company, — Minimum Wages, dc.

11. Engine-drivers: The hours of work shall be 114 hours a
fortnight, including Sundays. The weekly wages shall be £3, and
overtime at the rate of Is. 6d. per hour shall be paid for all work
done in any one fortnight in excess of the said 114 hours.

12. Gripmen or car-drivers (hours as defined in clause 1 of this
award), £2 8s. per week. Overtime (calculated as provided in said
clause 1), Is. 8d. per hour.

13. The conditions of employment, hours of work, and wages
of the driver of the ** extension car " to remain as at present.

14. Chief conductor : A weekly salary of £3 in lieu of his pre-
sent weekly wages, commission, and overtime.

15. Other conductors : £2 28. per week (hours as prescribed in
clause 1 of this award). Overtime (calculated as prescribed in
clause 1 of this award). Is. 3d. per hour.

16. The wages, hours of work, and general conditions of employ-
ment of the surfaceman, assistant surfaceman, fitter, and oiler-boy
as at present existing are, in the opinion of the Court, fair and reason-
able, and the Court therefore makes no alteration in respect there-
of. Any unskilled adult labour not otherwise dealt with in the
above clauses shall be paid for at the rate of 10 Jd. per hour.

The Dwnedin-Roslyn Tramway Company. — Minimum Wages, dc.

17. Engine-drivers : The hours of work shall be 114 hours a
fortnight, including Sundays. The weekly wages shall be not less
than £3, and overtime at the rate of Is. 6d per hour shall be paid
for all work done m any one fortnight in excess of the said 114
hours.

18. Gripmen or car-drivers (hours as defined in clause 1 of this
award), £2 8s. per week. Overtime (calculated as provided in said
clause 1), Is. 3d. per hour. Electric-motor men to have the same
hours and to be paid the same rates of weekly wages and overtime.

19. Conductors for cable cars: — Chief conductor: A weekly
salary of £3 in lieu of his present weekly wages. Such weekly
salary to cover all overtime worked by him. Other conductors :
£2 2s. per week (hours as prescribed in clause 1 of this award).
Overtime (calculated as prescribed in said clause 1), Is. 3d. per
hour. Conductors for electric cars : For first three months' service,
£1 10s. per week ; for second three months* service, £1 12s. 6d. per
week ; for third three months' service, £1 158. per week ; for fourth
three months' service, £1 17s. 6d. per week ; thereafter £2 per week.
Time already served in the employment of this company to count in
estimating the wages to be paid under this scale to the present con-
ductors on the electric cars. Overtime to be at the rate of time and
a half for all time worked in any one fortnight in excess of 104
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20. The wages, hours of work, and general conditions of employ-
ment of surfacemen, assistant surfacemen, blacksmiths, car-repairer,
«.nd youths employed as assistants to the engine-driver and
mechanical engineer are, in the opinion of the Court, fair and
reasonable, and the Court therefore makes no alteration in respect
thereof. Any unskilled adult labour not otherwise dealt with in the
above clauses shall be paid for at the rate of lO^d. per hour.

Dunedin and Kaikorai Tramway Company. — Minimum Wa^es, dtc.

21. Engine-drivers : The hours of work shall be 104 hours a
fortnight, including Sundays. The weekly wages shall be £2 148.,
-and overtime at the rate of Is. 6d. per hour shall be paid for all
work done in any one fortnight in excess of the said 104 hours.

22. Gripmen or car-drivers: Hours of work as defined in
clause 1 of this award. Rate of payment to be Is. per hour for
104 hours' work in the fortnight, and Is. dd. per hour for all time
worked in any one fortnight in excess of 104 hours. Each fortnight
to stand by itself.

23. Conductors: £2 2s. per week (hours as prescribed in
clause 1 of this award). Overtime (calculated as prescribed in
clause 1 of this award), Is. 3d. per hour.

24. The wages, hours of work, and general conditions of em-
ployment of tram-car repairer, linemen, surfacemen, and fitter are
as at present existing, in the opinion of the Court, fair and reason-
able, and the Court therefore makes no alteration in respect thereof.
Any unskilled adult labour not otherwise dealt with in the above
clauses shall be paid for at the rate of 10^. per hour.

In witness whereof the seal of the Court hath been hereto put
and affixed, and the President of the Court hath hereto set his hand,
this 4th day of October, 1902.

Thbo. Coopbb, J., President.

Reasons fob Award.
We find that the wages paid to the workers for these companies
and the conditions generally of such workers are much more
reasonable than those prevailing in respect to the workers on the
city trams. The award which we have made is, so far as hours
generally are concerned, and the regulation of such hours, on the
same lines as that for the Corporation. We have not made any
considerable alteration in the wages, and, while we have provided
for a settled rate of overtime and defined the hours to be worked,
we have left as unfettered as possible the discretion of the com-
panies in the arrangement of the hours and the management of the
traffic. From the figures supplied to us by the various companies
we have been able to form some estimate of the manner in which
the award will affect each company, and we do not think it will add
any very substantial sum to the present wages-sheets of those com-
panies. On the whole, the evidence adduced before us tended to
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companies were receiving fair wages. In respect to the hours
worked and the overtime paid they were entitled to some relief, and
we have prescribed such conditions as will, in our opinion, do
justice to both employers and men, and will not unfairly add to the
expenses of the various lines.

The remarks we have made in reference to preference in dealing
with the city tramways apply equally to these companies.

Thbo. Coopeb, J., President.



(132.) DUNEDIN FURNITURE TRADES.— AWARD.
In the Court of Arbitration of New Zealand, Otago and Southland
Industrial District. — In the matter of *' The Industrial Con-
ciliation and Arbitration Act, 1900," and its amendment ; and in
the matter of an industrial dispute between the Dunedin United
Furniture Trades Industrial Union of Workers (hereinafter called
** the said imion") and the following persons, firms, and com-
panies (hereinafter called ** the employers"): Dunedin employers
— The Dunedin Furniture- makers* Industrial Union of Employers ;
ScouUar and Chisholm, Rattray Street ; F. A. Hooper and
Co., Octagon; J. J. Marlow, King Street; W. Nees and Sons,
King Street ; H. T. Saunders, George Street ; D. Mackenzie,
Stuart Street; H. Brundell, George Street; C. H. Hayward,
George Street ; H. McLaughlan, Main Boad ; A. and T. Inglis^
George Street; P. Adamson, Stafford Street; A. Watt, High
Street; W. Hood, Stafford Street; F. J. Butterfield, St. An-
drew Street ; G. Fleury, King Street ; W. Cutle, South Dun-
edin ; A. Nelson, Ksdkorai ; A. C. Stewart, Boslyn ; Ellis and
Smith, Princes Street ; T. Bennet and Sons, Maclaggan Street ;
J. Parker and Son, Reid Street ; D.I.C. Company, High Street ;
F. C. Martin, Moray Place; A. Taylor, Maclaggan Street;
J. MuUer, Octagon ; W. A. Smith, North-east Valley ; A. F.
Goodsir, Cargill Boad, South Dunedin ; E. Hughes, Maclaggan
Street; J. Gillies, George Street; A. Lorie and Co., Princes
Street; J. Shaw and Co., St. Andrew Street; Hitchcock Bros.,
Frederick Street ; J. Brown, Stuart Street ; G. P. Stewai't,
Stuart Street ; W. McKitterick, Beid Street ; J. Campbell,
George Street; A. Millson, North-east Valley: Port Chalmers
employers — D. Lee, George Street ; J. Manning, George Street :
Mosgiel employers — G. Swan : Oamaru employers— B. Blair, Tyne
Street; J. Taylor, Thames Street ; J. Moore, Thames Street ; J. T.
Bobins and Sons, Thames Street ; G. L. Grenfell, Tees Street :
Milton employers — J. Bremner, J. Dickson, F. G. Johnston:
Mataura employers — J. and J. Park, H. Wright : Balclutha —
Muir and Burley : Gore — W. P. Craig - Lawrence employers
— J. H. Pearson, J. Eggleston : Invercargill employers — C. T.
Keirnan, Dee Street ; G. Deiley, Tay Street ; A. Dewe, Tay
Street; H. August, Esk Street; Broad, Small, and Co., Esk



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Street; F. Greave, Bsk Street; McLean, Dewar, and Co.,
Kelvin Street ; H. Lillicrap, 0. Lambert, W. Smith and Co.,
W. Mosely, W. Moore : Riverton — D. H. Carter.
The Court of Arbitration of New Zealand (hereinafter called " the
Court '*), having taken into consideration the matter of the above-
mentioned dispute, and having heard the said union by its repre-
sentatives duly appointed, and such of the employers as were
present in person or by their representatives duly appointed, and
having also heard the witnesses called and examined and cross-
examined by and on behalf of the said parties respectively, doih
hereby order and award : That, as between the said union and the
members thereof and the employers and each and every of them,
the terms, conditions, and provisions set out in the schedule hereto
and of this award shall be binding upon the said employers and
upon each and every of them and upon the said union and upon
every member thereof, and that the said terms, conditions, and
provisions shall be deemed to be and the same are hereby incorpo-
rated in and declared to form part of this award ; and, further, that
the said union and every member thereof and the employers and
each and every of them shall respectively do, observe, and perform
every matter and thing by this award and by the said terms, con-
ditions, and provisions respectively required to be done, observed,
and performed, and shall not do anything in contravention of this
award or of the said terms, conditions, and provisions, but shall in
all respects abide by, observe, and perform the same. And the
Court doth hereby further award, order, and declare that any
breach of the said terms, conditions, and provisions shall constitute
a breach of this award, and that the sum of £100 shall be the
maximum penalty payable by any party or person in respect there-
of. And the Court doth further order that this award shall come
into operation on the 20th day of October, 1902, and shall continue
in force until the 20th day of October, 1904.

In witness whereof the seal of the Court hath been hereto put
and affixed, and the President of the Court hath hereto set his hand,
this 4th day of October, 1902. ^hbo. Cooper, President.



The Schedule hereinbefore referred to.

conditions applicable to dunedin and its suburbs and port

chalmers.
The following conditions, numbered 1 to 19 (both inclusive), shall
apply to employers and their workmen in Dunedin and its suburbs
and Port Chalmers : —

Hours of Work.
1. The week's work shall not exceed forty-eight hours, and shall
be regulated in accordance with the provisions of " The Factories
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Minimum Wages,

2. The following shall be the minimum rates of wages : Cabinet-
makers, upholsterers, frame-makers, and polishers, Is. 3d.* per
hour.

Upholsterers* work shall include all kinds of bedding, and the
planning and laying of new carpets, linoleum, &c., but not the
taking-up and laying-down of old carpets, linoleum, Ac, which is
unskilled labour, and is not within this award.

Improvers,

3. Any apprentice who has completed his term of apprencioeship
may be employed as an improver, either by the employer to whom
be has been apprenticed or by any other employer, at the race of Is.

E3r hour for a period not exceeding twelve months, to be calculated
om the expiration of the term of his apprenticeship, and for a
further period of twelve months at the rate of Is. 1^. per hour.

Wages to be paid Weekly,
Wages shall be paid weekly on the employers' own premises.

Overtime,

4. Work done between 5 p.m. and 7.30 a.m. shall be paid for as
overtime. Time and a quarter to be paid up to 9 p.m ; time and
a half from 9 p.m. to 7.30 a.m. ; double time on Sundays, Good
Friday, and Christmas Day ; time and a half on Easter Monday,
the King's Birthday, New Year's Day, Anniversary Day, Boxing
Day, and Labour Day.

Apprentices.

5. Subject to the provisions of clause 3, apprentices and journey-
men shall alone be recognised. Apprentices shall serve an appren-
ticeship of five years, and shall be indentured. Three months' trial
allowed.

6. Apprentices shall be paid for each and every year of their
apprenticeship as follows : First yeaa*, 5s. per week ; second year,
10s. per week ; third year, 15s. per week ; fourth year, £1 per week ;
fifth year, £1 5s. per week.

7. The proportion of apprentices shall be one to every three
journeymen or fraction of three.

8. For the purpose of determining the number of apprentices
the number of journeymen taken into account must have been
employed by the employer in the establishment in which such
apprentice shall be taken for at least two-thirds full time for the
preceding six months.

Piecework prohibited.

9. No piecework shall be permitted.

Tra/oelling-expenseSy Tools, Sc,

10. All travelling-expenses and time when travelling shall be
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Qomber of benches, oramps, hand-sorews, and glue-pots for the
number of men employed ; also a suitable grindstone.

General.

11. No men shall make goods for sale on their own account
while in the full-time employment of any employer.

12. Nothing in this award contained shall be deemed to prevent
the employment of boys at such wages as the employer shall think
fit for the purpose of stacking timber, boiling off and attending to
glue, making dowels, helping to cramp, cleaning up workshops,,
oiling in, and general messages.

13. If any employer shall, from any unforeseen cause, be unable
to fulfil his obligation to an apprentice, it shall be lawful for such
apprentice to complete his term with another employer, and such
employer may take and employ such apprentice notwithstanding
he has already the full number of apprentices allowed by thia
award.

14. Arrangements legally existing between employers and ap-
prentices at the date of this award shall not be prejudiced.

Pre/ereiice.

15. If and so long as the rules of the union shall permit any
person now employed in the trade in this industrial district, and any
person who may hereafter reside in this industrial district, and who
18 a competent journeyman, to become a member of the union on
payment of an entrance fee not exceeding 5s., and of subsequent
contributions, whether payable weekly or not, not exceeding 6d.
per week, upon the written application of the person so desiring
to join the union, without ballot or other election, then and in such
case employers shall, when engaging workmen, employ members of
the union in preference to non-members, provided there are members
of the union equally qualified with non-members to perform the
particular work required to be done, and ready and wilhng to
undertake ic ; but this award shall not compel any employer to
dismiss or refuse employment to any person now legally employed
by him.

16. The union shall, during the currency of this award, keep in
some convenient place within one mile from the Chief Post-office,
Dunedin, a book to be called **the employment-book," wherein
shall be entered the names and exact addresses of all members of
the union for the time being out of employment, with a description
of the branch of the trade in which such member claims to be pro-
ficient, and the names, addresses, and occupations of every employer
by whom such member shall have been employed during the pre-
ceding one year. Immediately upon such member obtaining em-
ployment a note thereof shall be entered in such book. The execu-
tive of the union shall use their best endeavours to verify all the
entries in such books, and the union shall be answerable as for a
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to the knowledge of the executive of the union, or in case the execu-
tive of the union shall not have used reasonable endeavours to verify
the same. Such book shall be open to every employer without fee
or charge at all hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on every working-
day except Saturday, and on that day between the hours of 8 a.m.
and noon. If the union fail to keep such book in the manner pro-
vided by this clause, then and in such case, and so long as such
failure shall continue, any employer may, if he shall so think fit,
•employ any person, whether a member of the union or not, to per-
form the work required to be done, notwithstanding the foregoing
Provisions. Notice by advertisement in the Otago Daily Times and
)unedin Evening Star newspapers, published in Dunedin, shall be
given by the union of the place where such book is kept, and of any
change in such place.

17. No employer shall discriminate against members of the
union, or shall, in the engagement or dismissal of his hands or in
the conduct of his business, do anything directly or indirectly for
the purpose of injuring the union.



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