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Deadlock on Meat Haulage Wages

9th May 1952, Page 35
9th May 1952
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Page 35, 9th May 1952 — Deadlock on Meat Haulage Wages
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rs,1GOTIATIONS between the Liver' N pool and District Conference of Road Transport Employers and the local branch of the Transport and General Workers' Union on the terms of employment in meat transport have reached a deadlock.

The Union has asked ' that the London meat transport workers' award be applied in the Liverpool area. To do so would raise the Liverpool wages by 8se above those now being paid under the national agreement. At the meeting at which representatives of both sides discussed the application, the employem asked the Union to agree to raise the limit from five tons to six tons for the carrying of a second man on solo vehicles working within a 10-mile radius, in consideration of an increase of 4s. per week.


THE North Western (Eastern) Area committee of the Road Haulage Association has agreed with the Raw Cotton Commission the following revised rates for returned empties :Cases Is. id.; tubes 2s. 2d, (case or skip); beams, small lid., large ls. 5c1.; skips Sid.; bundles Sticl.; baskets 8id.; bags of tubes 8id.

Hauliers who carry raw cotton for the Raw Cotton Commission have already been informed by the Commission of the amended tonnage rates and the C-hiring rates.


ALAMINATED piston ring which provides lateral elasticity without need for expanders or shim packing is now being produced by the Cords Piston Ring Co., Ltd., 906, Harrow Road, London, N.W.10. To be known as the Oilguard, this new ring is said to retain engine compression for long periods, control excessive oil consumption in badly worn engines and to remain free from carbon in service.

The ring comptises one or more top and bottom segments, according to the width of the groove, and a spacer unit which ensures a reasonable fit in the piston. There might be need to machine the ring groove slightly in depth in some makes of engine, but

not to the same degree as when an expander ring is fitted.

The spacer is radiused at the corners for added strength and the bearing surfaces are made flat to reduce the rate of lateral wear and help the function of the flat segment. When fitted to an oval 'bore the staggered spacing of the ends Of the segments conforms with the shape of the cylinder wall to form a seal. Wall drag is reduced because of the low radial pressure.

The new rings are supplementary to the Cupped Cords and cost 3s. 6d. in the 2-3-in, range and 4s. in the 4-in. size.


DECAUSE the conditions laid down

by the Secretary of Stale for Scotland prevented the practical use of the proposed garage and bus station in St. Andrews, W. Alexander and Sons, Ltd., has decided not to build it. As reported in " The Commercial Motor" last week. the Secretary of State granted permission for the garage to be constructed only on condition that work was not done in it between 5.30 pin, and 8 a.m.


ADVICE to hauliers who may be affected by the textile depression has been given to members of the North Western (Eastern) Area of the Road Haulage Association by Mr. W. Farnorth, secretary.

Operators who have to reduce the number of vehicles in service are advised not to put any particular lorry out of commission throughout the period during which short time is being worked. If they do so, they may run the risk of having the lorry deleted front the licence. Instead, says Mr. Farnorth, vehicles should be taken off the road for a month or so in rotation.

If it is necessary to introduce shorttime working for the staff, men should, as far as possible, be laid off in turn -for full weeks. Regular road haulage workers receive guaranteed wages for a standard 44-hour week and if they are employed for only part of a week they must receive a full week's pay.

FARM CONTRACTORS' RALLY A RALLY of agricultural contractors is to be held at York on May 31. It is being sponsored by the British Agricultural Contractors' Association. Sir Thomas Dugdale, Minister of Agriculture, will speak.

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