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Labor Legislation.

♦ [PEB PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Wbllington, May 16. The members of the Maritime Council waited on the Premier this morning with reference to amendments of several statutes relating to labor. They suggested that the period of notice of action under the Employers Liability Act shall be increased to three months, and that the limit of time within which an action can be commenced, be fixed uniformly at 12 months. The deputation also urged that seamen shall be clearly brought within the scope of the Act. The Premier expressed himself as in favor of the suggestions, especially the last one. At present only three years wages are allowed as compensation to the relatives of workmen killed, but the deputation asked that the question of settling the amount of compensation be left to the jurisdiction of the Court. The deputation thought the Seamen's Act should be amended, so that any sailor put ashore on account of illness should be entitled to pay for the full period of discharge, providing the time prior to recovery docs not exceed three months. They also suggested that seamen should be allowed to elect a special representative for Parliament, and that special facilities should be given them for recording their votes. In connection with this matter the Premier pointed out the difficulty of giving representation to any particular body. He expressed himself in favor of the Eight Hours Bill, provided it did not interfere with necessary work in which longer hours are essential. Mr Ancell remarked on the "truck system," which he said was very prevalent on the West Coast. The Premier promised to assist a Bill dealing with this question, and said he would probably bring it in.

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Labor Legislation., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 16 May 1890

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Labor Legislation. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 16 May 1890