The compulsory arbitration system enabled unions to enforce ‘preference’ clauses in their awards (minimum wages and working conditions). Under a preference clause, union members had to be given first choice of available jobs. This Dunedin hotel-keeper has been fined for employing a barman without consulting the union.
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Reference: Evening Post, 21 March 1912, p. 8
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