Maoriland Worker, Volume 10, Issue 426, 7 May 1919, Page 8
JP. -Seville, Kateratnhi, G-isborne, says that he lias been going to writ© for some time but that when a. man tta* don© about SO hours a week in a freezing chamber he feels like a. rest on Sunday, He is working in the Poverty Bay Meat Works. There will be a short seasoh owing , to tho fact that all the freezers ar© full to the top already. The result is that cattle have fallen in price a3 much as a head, rr but you can't get meat any cheaper-' He contiuuee:—"lt is hell here in the drink line. -Beer, 1/6 a bottle, Gold Top bottle beer, 2/6; whisky, 1-5/- a bottle. Now when you meet the men who pay these prices for bser, etc., in a shed abd 83k them for ,£1 for a ticket tor the Union, they say. 'can't' afford it,' But they can buy beer at any price. When Mr. Secretary o£ the Freesiug Works' Union oaUs lor. fcib 15/-, taey pay i/C a week and growl, but at night the growler can pay 15/- for a bottle of whisky. I hope that Mr, will bs placed second in th© Ecoie Stakes on 4.*pril 10,'' Mr. -jSFefilie thsc. Jjr'oofeeds to say nice things absut Organiser Cook, h« states, is & general favourite in the district with even outsiders speaking well of him. He then refers very contemptuously to a reptilo who, when given a fortnight's holiday by the ahespevrner fer whom h© worted," spent the holiday in th© iking Country Cutting scrub. Hβ marvels that Dick Templeton can go against th,' . Conference deoisioi abcut members carrying fheit cwn machine;, and questions the g-enuineiiess of their t Unionism. Eg also strongly denounces these who work en Sunday and hopes that the neit Conference will take a firm fetand with respect to this very bad practice.- Eβ knbirs of two white gangs in th© Gisborne district who worked on Sundays last year, although they had lovely weather." "It was I'xsi greed for gold. At least, to prevent thia practice, the, Union should demand dotible time. Freezers get it when they work on Sunday, and if it is absolutely necessary for shearers -to work on Sundays they shotdd get it also. I am no pn t the churches on the same level as tJiA if the tfaioa qtiotee approvingly clauses from thg A.W.T7. demand.3 in favour of etoppdjig Bnndfty work/why nor try?"