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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - For nearly two years the members of the Merchant Service Guild have been trying to get their case heard by the Arbitration Court, but have not been able to do so because organizations whose members strike are able to secure prior hearings. After waiting for eighteen months for an opportunity to go before the Court, the engineers struck, and an arrangement was made.

Mr Hughes - Not by the Court.

Mr McWILLIAMS - No. But because the members of the Guild have been loyal, and have not struck, this condition of affairs has come about, that on all the high-powered steamers on the Australian coast the engineers are receiving higher pay than the captains.

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