Freezing workers’ wages

The Southland Frozen Meat Co's freezing works, Bluff. — Otago Witness, 5.7.1921
The Southland Frozen Meat Co's freezing works, Bluff. — Otago Witness, 5.7.1921
Mr W.H. Hagger, Conciliation Commissioner, heard an application yesterday by the New Zealand Refrigerating Company for a reduction in the wages paid to freezing workers. The Otago and Southland Freezing Works and Related Trades Union was cited as respondent. The assessors agreed to add as applicants to the dispute Messrs J.G. Ward and Co (Invercargill), South Otago Freezing Company (Balclntha), and the Southland Freezing Meat Company (Invercargill). The Commissioner said that Messrs F.J. Nicoll (Wellington) and F.C. Ellis (Christchurch) had been appointed assessors by the union. He was sorry that they were not present, as he had hoped to arrive at a settlement, and that the union assessors, having regard to the cost of living and the state of the industry, would have agreed to a  reduction. At the time the higher rates were granted the industry was in a flourishing condition, but that was not the case now. The principal rates which the employers asked the union to accept were £1 15 shillings for killing 100 sheep; £1 2s 6d for 100 lambs; and £2 for 100 show sheep and lambs. The union, on the other hand, asked for £2 2s, £2 2s, and £2 8s in these three instances. The Commissioner said the matter would be referred to the Arbitration Court, with no recommendation from either side.

Test crowd’s rain-soaked ordeal

As I sat under the shelter of the grandstand at Athletic Park and looked through the rain pelting down on the thousands of people standing on the clay hill on the opposite side of the ground, I could not help thinking that Mr Bennett, manager of the Springboks’ team, had some justification for saying that football was an obsession in New Zealand. In all my experience I have never seen a football match played under similar weather conditions. Hundreds of the people who stood on the terraces on the hill, in the deep clay slush, and also out in the open in other parts of the ground, had taken up their vantage points in the morning. They stood up under the shelter of umbrellas, tarpaulins, soldiers’ waterproof sheets in their positions right to the bitter end. Rain fell all the time, and the greater number of the men, women and children must have been wet to the skin. Some of the spectators even wrapped their tarpaulins round them and sat down in the mud. Intermittent rain fell during the play, and at half-time the water simply streamed down. At the conclusion of the game there was a lake in front of the grandstand several inches deep, and the people going off the ground carelessly walked through it.  The whole playing area was in fact at this time under water. Those who managed to secure shelter at the park had their turn when the game ended. It then rained harder than ever, and the tram service was quite incapable of carrying all the people away, and they had to walk in the rain. Despite the weather, however, the game was intensely exciting and provided a desperate struggle from start to finish. — by ‘Full Back’

Milton Hospital site

The site for a cottage hospital has now been secured at Milton, the South Otago Hospital Board having purchased from Mr Wm. Tweedie a piece of ground comprising 4 and 3 quarter acres, situated in Duthie’s subdivision, close to the Toko High School. This site was favourably reported on by Dr Wylie, and also approved by Dr Valintine, Director-general of Health. 

— ODT, 21.9.1921.


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