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ELECTION DAYS ON THE WATERFRONT.

(To the Editor.) Sir, —I give oar members of Parliament credit for more common sense than to single out one t>ody of workmen, or one industry, and compel us to stop work from I*2 noon till 7 p.m. on any election day. On March 9 (election of Licensing Committee) about 320 men were working- at. five vessels, discharging and taking in cargo, who were compelled by the senseless edict of the Government to stop work at 12 noon and not start again till ~ p.m., or till the booths closed, thus forcing us to lose half a day's work;, or, in round (figures, a loss of about £80 in wages for the afternoon. Why, Sir, I would like to ask, are we singled out? Are we so ignorant and illiterate that we are likely to require seven hours to record our vote, or is it for the purpose of giving the Customs and Harbour Board officials an extra holiday? It does not matter to them, as their salaries go on all tha time; but it matters a lot to us who have to count every hour's work during the week, and sometimes find the total to be under £1, and then when work is here for us we are forced to stand idle. The old custom of stopping work for two hours at lunch time worked very well, why not revert to it ?—I am, etc., OJfE OF THEM.

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ELECTION DAYS ON THE WATERFRONT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 77, 31 March 1909

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