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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

The regulations strike so deeply at the authority of the company to run and control its own works, that the assistant general manager and works manager have had to throw aside work on important defence production problems to deal with what would be normal routine work for the foreman and/or industrial officer.

The Regulation (16a (5)), which compel* the employer to reinstate the employee in the event of the Director-General deciding against the employer, places the employer in an untenable position so far as his authority and control of the workshop are concerned. Immediately a suspended employee is reinstated, the managerial authority becomes a joke in the workshop and shop discipline goes out the door.

We recently had a case wherein the DirectorGeneral ordered the reinstatement of a suspended employee. The whole works were agog as to the outcome of the dispute - the employes became unsettled and left their machines to talk about it and much time was wasted.

The management did not want the dismissed employee back and he did not want to come bark : nevertheless, the regulation insists he must be reinstated. Fortunately, he found another job and the matter ended there. If this employee had returned, our foreman (who suspended him) threatened he would walk out. as his authority in the works could have been undermined and his position untenable.

Mr Ward - What firm is that?

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