(United Service Message.)
PARIS, March 28. The Labour Commission made highly important and unanimous recommendations for the insertion of the following clause in the Peace Treaty:—
"The high contracting parties declare their acceptance of the following principles. They engage to take all the necessary steps to secure the realisation, in accordance with the international labour conference's recommendation, concerning their practical application, (1) in right and fact, the labour of a human being should not be treated as merchandise or an article of commerce (2) employers and workers should be allowed the right of association for all lawful purposes, (3) no child should be permitted to be employed in industry or commerce before the age of fourteen years. In order that children may secure reasonable opportunities for mental education, young persons of either* sex between fourteen and eighteen years of age may be employed only at work which is not harmful to their physical development and conditional that the continuation of their technical and general education is assured; (four) every worker has the right to a wage adequate to maintain a reasonable standard of life/ having regard to the, civilisation ,of his time and country; (5) equal pay should be to women and men for work or equal value in quantity and quality; (6) a weekly rust, including Sunday, or its equivalent, for all workers; (0 hours of work should be limited on the basis of an eight-hour day or 48-hour week, subject to exceptions, where the climatic conditions or the imperfect development of industrial organisation, or special circumstances, render the workers' efficiency substantially different; (8) in all matters concerning their status as workers and their social standing foreign workmen should be 'lawfully admitted to a country, and their families should be insured the same treatment as given to naturals; (9) all States should institute a system of inspection in which women should partake, in order to ensure the enforcement of laws and regulations for workers' protection. The Commission has finished its draft for the Convention, under which the' Labour .section of the League of Nations is intended to work. This Convention will not be dealt with until the preliminary peace terms are settled. The Commission recommends that an International Labour Conference should be hold at Washington in October, 1919, and that an organising committee of seven members should be appointed.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919
COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919
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