TRADES AND LABOUR COUNCIL.
The ordinary meeting of the Auckland Trades and Xaibour Council took place last night. Mr. T. Long presided over a very fair attendance of delegates. Support Prom the Unions.—The Ironmoulders' Union gave three months' notice of their intention to withdraw from the Council. The Council decided to send a deputation to the Union in an endeavour to induce them, to reconsider their decision. The Bricklayers' Union intimated that they had decided to reaffiliate with the Council, the resolution in favour of withdrawal having been rescinded. Land Settlement. —Mr. - S.- Pearson, of Wellington, forwarded a number of suggestions with a view to assisting workers to get on the land. He suggested that free occupation of small farms should be granted for 15 years to married men with families. They should be allowed to select farms up to 40 acres, which each selector should hold free until his family grew up and obtained a knowledge of farm work. After the land had been held for the I's years it would revert back to the State in order to allow another poor man to get a start. The State should assist the holder in getting a small cottage erected, and these small farms should be situated ■near -the railway, so that the products could be easily 'transported to the markets. He also suggested that the land hoards should .be urged to consider these proposals when purchasing improved estates. Mr. Peake moved a resolution to the effect that the writer should be thanked and informed that the Council iwould consider the question when dealing with the land question. The opinion was expressed by other members that some valuable matter was included in the letter, and the motion was carried. Sick and Accident Fund.—The Council decided to appoint a commiiJcee, consisting of Messrs. Peake," Albert, Henry, Harle, and Evans, to consider and report upon the scheme for a national sick and accident insurance fund, which has been proposed iby the Hon. A. R. Gum-: ness. Municipal Elections.—lt was decided to. appoint a representation committee from the Council, consisting of Messrs, Aggers, Henry, and Stephens, to work in conjunction with one -from the Political Labour League, in order to further the candidature of Messrs. T. Long and G. Davis for the municipal elections.
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