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"Qttabdtan" Office, February 23, 1014

Sir William Lever's homilies on the advantages of the profit-sharing system in connection with big business concerns did not meet with very favourable consideration in Australia or New Zealand, and the head of the great soap business expressed himself, .in Sydney, as bmng unimpressed with the business acumen of employers in these climes, or with the genuineness of their claim that they have the interests of their ■ employees at heart. Ja common rath other papers in the .Dominion, wo pointed out on the occasion ,of Sir William Lever's visit \ only;in businesses firmly established and with very "large finances can the tsyfctom h) carried out successfully, and -this is proved to a large extent by the; fact 'tHai i' 6 'is almost wholly confined to such. 'undertakings. An interesting example" of how the scheme can be made* mutually' profitable aud^ satisfactory .to "employer -and employed.- Jte given in the case of the firm of Sir "W: P. ; Hartley, Ltd.,' jam- manufacturers, of Liverpool. and London. Quite .recently, 700 employees of the. firm as- ' sombied to receive the annual report of th'o year's business and to partici-. pate .in the sharing'of the profits.^ In an introductory address, Sir TV. P. Hartley said that their profit-sharing -in that business had been in existence far such a long time, and had taken place every year with such unfailing regularity, that it had come to be I6o"ked upon almost as a permanent ' institution.- He thought it right to say that although they had now reached their 29th distribution, it was not possible for all employers to adopt profit-sharing. It often took a long time', to build, up a business. It was ' one thing to .manufacture an, article,, but quite another thing to sell it at a profit. In a manufacturing concern such as theirs' it took very many years before the public had the needful confidenco to purchase an article regularly. Meantime the* might foe losing money because of his standing .-expenses. But -the point was for employers to have the spirit of- profitsharing and adopt it at the earliest opportunity. Jt had always been his earnest wish that ho and his work- , .people should'w-ork amicably together; they had'nevor had • any labour dim culty, and ho hoped the good relations '.©xistijig would, continue'for years to come.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8806, 28 February 1914

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