Match strike settled
—BUT SUPPLIES SHORT
Melbourne's match strike ended last night when 200 em- ployees of Bryant and May, Richmond, decided to accept settlement terms proposed at a conference last Friday.
Work will resume today, but a full supply of matches will not be avail- able to the public for about three months.
The dispute, which began on Sep- tember 16, has cost the Manufactur-
ing Grocers' Union £2,000 in strike
One of the settlement terms is that Mr S. Carver, Commonwealth Statis- tician, will examine production figures over a trial period of eight weeks, and decide what is a fair minimum output before piecework rates shall apply.
This is the first time in industrial history that the Commonwealth Statistician has been asked to assist the Court to decide a reasonable pro- duction in an industry.
The strike arose when an award alteration provided for an output of 1,400 gross matches a day. Pre- viously, 1,302 gross was specified.