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A large number of signatures were appended yesterday to the following petition drawn up by the Christchurch Trades and Labor Council, for presentation to Parliament: —"To the Honorable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.—The petition of the undersigned humbly sheweth :—l. That at a meeting of over three thousand persons, held at Christchurch on the 7th inst., the following resolution was passed : ' That this meeting endorses the necessity for the Labor Bills now before Parliament, and urges upon the members in Parliament assembled to vote in their favor.' 2, That efforts are being made to defer the passing of the Factories and Shops Bill, which Bill meets with the hearty approval of the working men and women of the colony, whose interests are effected by such Bill. 3. That legislation is necessary to check the growing evils of insanitary workrooms, long hours, low wages, and boy and girl labor, as shown by the Sweating Commissioners' report rust presented to your honorable House. Your petitioners wish in no way to injuriously affect the interests of manufacturers by pressing what may fairly be deemed harassing provisions, and respectfully points out that clauses 36 and 37 sufficiently protect all interests. 4. That immediate legislation is imperative ; the said report, and evidence taken before the Commission, plainly proves that the existing law is virtually a dead letter. 5. That the House should therefore pass the Labour BiPs at the present session of Parliament, as deferring them to another session would but intensify and aggravate the evils which it is sought to remedy.

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PETITION FROM THE TRADES AND LABOR COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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PETITION FROM THE TRADES AND LABOR COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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