Otago Daily Times

Engi­neers’ award set­tled

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The Con­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sioner, Mr W.H. Hag­ger, sat yes­ter­day morn­ing to hear the dis­pute be­tween the Dunedin branch of the Amal­ga­mated So­ci­ety of Engi­neers (in­clud­ing brass fin­ish­ers, cop­per­smiths, range mak­ers, cy­cle and mo­tor me­chan­ics, and tin plate and sheet metal work­ers) In­dus­trial Union of Work­ers and their em­ploy­ers. About 35 em­ploy­ers were cited as

re­spon­dents. A com­plete agree­ment was ar­rived at. It was agreed that three classes of labour should be recog­nised: jour­ney­men, as­sis­tants and un­der­rate work­ers. Jour­ney­men to in­clude platers, enam­ellers, frame builders, wheel­builders, re­pair­ers, as­sem­blers, oxy­acety­lene or elec­tric welders, pol­ish­ers, turn­ers, pram and go­cart builders, mo­tor­cy­cle me­chan­ics, and vul­can­is­ers. For the pur­poses of the award, a jour­ney­man is a worker who has served five years at any of the fore­go­ing branches of the trade. It was de­cided that the work­ing hours be from 7:30 till 5:30 on five days of the week, and from 7:30 till noon on Satur­days. Jour­ney­mens’ wages were fixed at 1s 101⁄2d per hour.

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