The annual report of N.S.W. Institute of Stock Inspectors, read at the Institute Conference this week, stated that the past year had been marked by the registration of the Institute of Stock Inspectors as a trade union, following the definite instruction received at the 1920 conference. It had been thought that it would be more satisfactory if a properly constituted tribunal fixed the salaries and conditions of stock inspectors, which could be best done by means of a conciliation committee appointed under the Industrial Arbitration Act. For this reason the step mentioned had been taken.
It would still be a plank in the Institute's platform to exhaust all peaceable means before seeking redress by any other method and, although asking better conditions for its members, the union did not intend to bolster up incompetence. The Veterinary Surgeons Bill was listed for introduction to Parliament during the year. lt was considered most important that the members should be included in the bill, but considerable opposition was met with. When the bill comes before Parliament the agitation will be renewed.
During the year the Chief Railway Commissioner was asked that each inspector be granted a railway pass within his district to facilitate his work in connection with the issue of store and starving stock certificates. The request was refused, although every acknowledgment was made of the good work done by stock inspectors and of its value to the Railway Department.
The matter of equipment allowance was taken up during the year, and after inquiry into the position an application was made to the department for an increase. The committee withdrew the application, in view of the fact that the whole question of salaries would be submitted either to the Court or to a conciliation committee.
The committee regretted that the Government had refused to assist in any way towards the railway fares of members attending the conference. The total membership during the the year 1920 was 54, being an advance of 6 on the previous 12 months.
Resolutions were carried dealing with the appointment and control of inspectors of stock, salaries, and equipment allowances, and declaring that in the event of all inspector's position becoming vacant the Pastures Protection Board be entitled to call for applications for the position from men already appointed to districts.
It was also agreed that preference should be given to returned soldiers or the parents of returned soldiers.