STRIKE AT CORONA
TROUBLE OVER BUTTER ALLOW-
Broken Hill, July 31.
Corona station, where shearing is at present in full swing, was tne scene of a strike this week. On Monday the men engaged at the station, about 30, made a demand to the manager to be supplied with butter as part of their rations' al- lowance. The request was refused, and the men at once ceased work. Yester- day morning "Mr. J. Murphy (the local A.W.U. agent) journe>ed to the station, and as the result of his investigations in- to the trouble a eettlement has been ef- fected, and the men resumed work this
morning. Mr. H. L. Hosier (secretary | of the Pastoralists' , Association) stated this morning that there was some doubt
whether the item "butter" ^vas included
in the list of ratione made under the ar- bitration award, and that point was re- served for the consideration of the -board of reference appointed under the Act. The settlement of the strike was brought about on the understanding that the but- ter item will be allowed, pending the de- cision of the board. In the event of the decision being against the men the station will be refunded the extra expenditure incurred. Mr. Murphy has not yet re- turned from Corona, but is expected to-night.
When the award was being settled by the Arbitration Court, Mr. Justice Hig- gins was asked bv the A.W.U. to fix a bsr of rations, but his Honor declined to do so, on the ground that such a list might be found to work unjustly, so far a« some outback stations were concerned, aç._ certain commodities might/ not be ob- tainable. Therefore, a board of refe- rence was appointed bv the court, and re- lating to it 'the minutes of the award as settled on Octolier 27 last for a perio«' of five years, state:
The court by this award appoints for the pur- poses thereof a board of reference, consisting of Williiim Alexander Gordon of Castlcrc-jch Chambers, Sydney, grazier, and William Harvey .Arn Wrong, of the Pastoralists' Union of Xc.v South Wales, 3, Ppi-ing-Ptrect, Sydney (repre- senting the respondents), and William Guthr;e Spence and Thomas White, both of 129, Bathurst street, Sydney (representing the claimant). and (in case the board be pqna'ly divided on' any question or call in his assistance), the registrar.
The court assigns to the board the function of deciding whether any r.itions simniled or to be supplied . by any respondent are good and sufficient under all the circumstances, and the finding of the board that the rations are or arc not good and sufficient shall be* conclusive for tlie purposes of any agreement made under this
? If the employer on any station of the respon- dents object to the rate of payment to the cook of that joint mess or to the scale of rations he may refer the matter to the board of re- ference, and if the board find that the rate 0" the scale of rations is too high the claimant organisation undertakes to pay to the eroploypr the money value of the excess as asicsscd bj tbo board. , '
It any question arise under this award or under any agreement mode thereunder between the claimant organisation or any of its members and the refpondents or any of them it may be referred to the board and the decision of tile board shall be conclusive as between the partieä
to the reference.