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Thursday, 20 May 1915

Senator GARDINER (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The question asked by the honorable senator were as follow : -

1.   Is it a fact that some temporary employes, who were engaged as builders' labourers on the telephone conduits in Melbourne, received no wages for 26th April, 1915 (Eight Hours Day) 1 '

2.   If so, was this due to an award of the Court, or a Departmental instruction ?

3.   If due to a Departmental instruction, will he take early steps to remedy this state of affairs ?

The following information has come to hand : -

1.   Yes.

2.   A Departmental instruction which was issued in view of the Commonwealth Builders' Labourers' Arbitration Award, No. 9, of 1912, which provides that employees affected thereby are to be paid only for the time they work. A high hourly rate of pay was awarded by the Judge because of the time (20 per cent.) estimated to be lost by the men from various causes, including holidays.

3.   The whole matter is being reviewed.

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