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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 7 (December 15, 1926)

Rostering Gangs

Rostering Gangs.

This is a system of dividing up the jobs in groups according to the class of work. Men are placed according to seniority and ability. It is the best system for the men because—(1) they know what their job will be for a period ahead and therefore can arrange their social and other engagements accordingly; (2) every man gets a “fair deal” because he takes his turn at all the jobs to which his seniority and ability entitle him.

In the United States seniority is not considered to the same extent as in New Zealand; ability is the principal test. Managements do not worry about rotation of day and night shifts, and length of the working day is not restricted by regulation to the same extent as it is in New Zealand.