THE TAILORING TRADE.
Maoriland Worker, Volume 9, Issue 348, 9 January 1918, Page 3
THE TAILORING TRADE.
When thei tailoring trades' dispute was before tho Arbitration Court at Chri.stcbifrch, a memorandum accompanied the award. It is similar to the one filed wherever tho Court has dealt with the dispute. This memorandum points cut that tho' trado is in a had way. In the first place a very largo liuinLcr of regular customers hnd enlisted, whilst thn increased price of materials had drivim customers to the factories, which were able ('j produce an article at fairly moderate prices. It was niado apparent to th't Gc-'iirt that unless a. radical alteration wuf> madn in the system of tailoring the trade was likely to become estinct. The only remedy suggested was that tho xcr-trictiou nt pri'bi'nt inijjored upon tho trado by the provisions ol' tho *-x;stiii|j jiwiwds should be rem/jved, and that th« diluM'Jii of skilled labor hhould l>3 allowed I>y the employment of wonieu, AH«r cojjujdorafion, tho Court decidod thai thfi restriction in awards should be removed, but that the number of women t-hould lx' limited to the proj;oi tion i:i' nkllk'd worker. l ; employed. Tho tinio Jof 'into luid a:ci ttwd at tho uniform ratv ot Is Id, por hour for fcho whole of the Dominion. With tho exception of Auckland, ihiti prewntcd jiii jm-reaw. Jn ordfr Ih'-it Dio condition* of work elintilil Iμ* fiv./ilwl <>( it would U> iux'vbf>iiry that fctfjpx should lx , ' takrm to prwure m>iii« uiwliiiciitiiin o( tho w)rn}Hii'ii of Ilif yw*cut Uiilorfhetvti' award*. Tint Court r<;-/ff'i'v/ii) <he risjht U> modify tho condition vt 'tin* award if, a(U*r hwt-r'tnx n, iailoremvb di;«puto it w»* thought rl'imrahlo. CANTERBURY DISTRICT COUNCIL. Tho uwtJaJ fortnightly mwting of lh« above Council wan bnl'd fit tho Trade* Hail on Saturday, JDwceiwlx'.r 22. liro. C, f»'Down<?ll occupied tin , clinir, and twenty tlfdi'.gflitrt and two visitors w-rn jrronit. Tht» ttcfion of the <:li;/i/'fn<in and m-creitiry in dt-cliniug »n invitation to lunch with flio Kfficifncy Uoanl wan tipprovcd. Tli« Urickmuk«.'r,<s' I'iiion ■wrote aud ask»:d for ii»*ihtuneo with <in orjfwnisep for Ih<ii' indiiHtry, but an neither of tlisjr clc'k'e'il' - * ,Vilw im-MUI jf '..a- decided to hold the matter ovfr.
Tho action of th« National Executive in wiriuß to .u*f nilia approving <4 thr> A.W.U. in not allowing their members io (irmie hero aurl Ink* thu placo of nun couboripted was iinanimously endorsccL Thuu a long discussion took place over a. motion by one of tho Engineers' delegates: "That tho National Executive l>o urged to recommend all unions to start benevolent funds for tho relief of their members who may nerd it." Some delegates contended that this wasn't tho function of a tnidus union, others that it was illegal, and a third party that in unions that had tho system going now it did not make- for unity. Those, who supported the idea argued thai the unions wero originally based on the- idea of cooperation ami mutual aid in times of Mrcss, and that the collections now taken up at meetings only tended to keep membens from attending the. union and fell very hard on the few. It was au interesting debate, and at times a liUle heat was shown. Soni« of the Old Country delegates pointed to tho success that had attended tho unions which had adopted the principle in Eugland, and some of tho Colonials laughed at the idea. Auyrate, at ten o'clock the debate was thought of sufficient importance that it was decided k> adjourn the decision to the next meeting.—THE VAG.