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Sweating Commission.

(MBR' PRESS ASSOCIATION.) ' ■ , l ■.'" > ' . WEiiiNOTONV May, *>/ .The. Sweating Commissioners finally Revised-and' adopted-the^4raft of their, report this morning. The report is not yet'made public, but it is understood that a sweeping recommendation is likely to be made that workshops and workrooms, of all descriptions, shall be made subject to the Factories Act; and, furthermore, that a register of^ such establishments,large and small, snail be kept,- and regisr i-. v J-1-.-. -■• -.;,.' „ shall, be made <■ >:i !■:■■; -t■ y. -•" -iii ;oi.: observance' of .- 1:11 ary ,'-. iscic+j m 111 also be,insisted '■..■[• -m. ■■•■ ' ■' ■■>■ ;■ • \. "I ii' suggested under which due attention to tlxis provision, can be enforced. That the age and educational qualifications that entitle a boy or a girl to work in a factory, "will'be raised,'is reckoned upon almost to ""a certaurfy, while very considerable extensions of the powers of factory inspectors may be also looked for. The laxity of the apprenticeship .system the colony has bceiii so forcibly put before the Commissioners , in all parts of the colony, that it is believed the majority of their members are prepared to recommend that -legislation be introduced to compel a substitution of proper indentures for a reasonable term for ihe former agreements between parent and' employers that now prevail so generally. Another.' favorite scheme of some members of the Commission . is;. insistence." upon the affixing -of . registered trade marks to all manufactured goods, and some modifica-tion-of this idea will probably be contained in the report. Another* widely spread impression is that the Commission will propose a system for the registration ,of servants' registry offices, and regula-, tioiis for a' method of conducting them. Acknowledgment of the good work done by Trades' Unions in preventing the lowering of wages to any unreasonable level, and in limiting the hours of labor, may also be looked for. The Commissioners will draw the attention of the Government to the grievances of subcontractors, and railway servants, and also to the long hours worked by mercantile and ..Bank, clerks. *i .The. report of the Commission is generally expected to be in the direction. that there is no. practical existence of the sweating system in New Zealand ; but numerous complaints have been made to them of an increase in the hours worked with a reduction in the wages earned. The latter, however, is attributed to competition. It is understood that the Commissioners will make no specific recommendation regarding early closing. r *< ' —^—^—■^i—

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Sweating Commission., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2422, 6 May 1890

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Sweating Commission. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2422, 6 May 1890