A LOCK OUT.
A MINING COMPANY FINED. AN INTERESTING DECISION.
It will be recollected that in Septem ber last the, Potosi Gold-mining Co., whose property is situated at Yunda mindera, posted a notice on the mine
works notifying that on and after a certain date it was proposed to make a reduction in the rate of wages paid to all hands employed on tho mine. This reduction was subsequently en forced, notwithstanding this fact that it departed from the award made by the Arbitration Court governing the rates of wages to bo paid to minors employed in that district. The men refused to accept the lower rate, and ultimately went out on strike. Consequent on this reduction Mr. Owen, the registrar of the friend ly societies, proceeded against the Potosi Co. in the local Warden's Court under the provisions of the Concilia tion and Arbitration Act with having done a thing in the nature of a lock out. The case was tried, before War den Owen at Kookynie last mo-th, but after hearing the evidence the warden reserved his decision. Mr. N. K. Ew ing appeared for the miners on behalf of the registrar, and Mr. N. Kecnan, of Kalgoorlio, represented the company. This morning Mr. Ewing received a wire from the goldfields advising liim that Warden Owen had delivered judg ment in the case, in which a verdict had been recorded for the plaintfffs, and a fine, of £10. and costs had been made against the company. It is an ticipated that the company will appeal to the Full Court against this deci sion.