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WELLINGTON, May 15. The Hon. W. H. Berries, ActingMinister of Labour, authorised Mr ¥. W. Rowley, Secretary of Labour, to make a reply to an allegation made last week by representatives of the A.P.W. that the Department did not give adequate attention to the, accommodation of shearers. Mr Rowley states that a great deal more inspection has been done during the past live i years than was ever done before, and it j is a noteworthy fact that more complaints have been received during that time than previously. The stall of the Department has been reduced by enlistments or much more could have been undertaken. Mr Rowley suggested early in 1914 that two inspectors should be appointed -specially to deal with shearers' accommodation. Owing to the war no appointment was made till February last. Mr Rowley adds that during the past season 125 requisitions for improvements to accommodation were made by the Department. These- are awaiting compliance. He also mentioned that many cases complained, of refer to employment of Maoris. Most of these men bring their wives and families. This complicates the matter, as there naturally is no obligation for an employer to provide accommodation for shearers' families. Mr Rowley expresses the opinion that as a result of the appointment referred to and the prospect of an amending Act being brought into force shortly an improvement may be looked for.

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SHEARERS' ACCOMMODATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919

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SHEARERS' ACCOMMODATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919

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