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TRADE & LABOUR NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909
TRADE & LABOUR NOTES.
\-z r".(&;. cc S»*sstriSlfrainp;i , )~-r: •(Secretaries of the various Unions are requested to forward ponies of their Union engagements to "Industrial Tramp, " '•St.ir" Office, and a HaC dC Ehlon" Meetings will be furnished at the head of this column for each week.) SIEEXTXGS FOB THE WEEK. . ffhis Evening, April 14 — Trades and Labour Council; Bookbinders (special). Thursday, April 15 — Lithographers. yridar, April 16 — Labourers; Boilermakers. Barnrdiiy, April 17 — TTestfield Chemical Workers. ilonilav, April 19 — Cabmen; Shipwrights; Plasterers; Butchers. Tuesday. April 20 — Plumbers; Moulders. .Wednesday. April 21- — Waterside Workers; Grocers. Arbitration Court opens in Auckland next Monday. The Auckland Grocers' .Assistants' Union are preparing for their next award, nnd with a view of strengthening their hands have decided to invite all workers at the trade, whether members of theunion or not, to an open meeting on Wednesday evening next, April 21st, to -discuss the best means of improving their .Conditions. This is a proper step to take, as although the bulk of the genuine assistants are members of the union, jet they, realise that there are a- number of non-unionists in the trade, and these have a right to take a hand in the formulating of improved working conditions. It is expected that a large attendance of assistants -will mark tbe"holding" of next Wednesday's open meeting. The Auckland Tramways' employees can safely lay claim to having tha largest trade picnic of the year amongst the Auckland workers-- Oh Good Friday Tip--•wards of 3000 excursionists, the wives, sisters and cousins of over 400 workers released from toil, on this the one holiday of the whole year for them, were convered by three steamers to the quiet confines of Pine Island. Even, the remainder of Auckland's 100,000 inhabitants realised that the " trammies " were enjoying themselves, -for the noisy whirr of electricity was absent from our streets, ami- the' prineipai_ thoroughfares - "were treated to more pedestrians and omniiuses in the one day than inone month under ordinary conditions. In fact the day. to those wlo were compelled to stay in town, was strongly reminiscent of those eventful days in May last, when everybody had to walk 'because of .the Creadful tramway strike. At Pine Island all was bustle and , enjoyment. "Short circuits," .'''straphangers," "" cars blowing," and " failure of the .juice" gave place to lighter and more en- - joyahte subjects-of conrersatipn;"£!th,pugh., it '.undersfdßd, :ihexe'3Y.as: no;. , *' failure: " i>f "the" juice "at the Island. Ra?es_"were,' the brfler of the day, and if the ordinary traveller had not been aware of the tramway pir-nie on Friday, he would have noticed by the the. bulk the men on the Saturday-thafr"they-liad racedend tugged themselves to a standstill. The Ponsonby Depot -scooped the pool,thanks to the activity of Conductor Rigney. but were beaten in the tug-of-war by the Maintenance Department. Even the directors were catered for, and Messrs. I. Rhodes, P. M. Hansen, and J. J. Walklate raced for a prize presented Mr." ' ArT^pniu~"K "was"■w'6n""by' : lttr? : iKb.odes';^rf.WalE4a*e;remaining true"to - !the traditions of iis name, allowing-him; to win. The secretaries' race did not eventuate this year, as owing to an unifortunate oversight, the secretary of the union was not present at the Island, and the rules preclude any chance of a walkover. The picnickers -returned home in the evening tired out but ha-ppy, for have they not the whole year to get over itt At the Trades and Labour Council this evening special Soilness will" rake prece- : denee in thV«hape> oOormulatirig femits : for the agenda paper for the annual conference, which takes place at AVellington in July. This business should, .have fcien transacted at the last-nMetingj but" •was blocked by the ' diSHlSsion oat the Dreadnought taking up "the wjiole of the evening. Each Council is "allowed six items for the order paper, and these items have to be in the hands of the executive in Wellington'" not later -thanthe end of the month. • • During the past week we have been favoured by a visit from 'Mr. J. Lesina, ■yi.P., a Labour member in the ; Queensland Parliament, where he sits for the constituency of Clermout. Mr, Lesina,. who is Bylhis wife, is a very live man on" ""the blright side of 40. He is a painter and signwriter by trade, although previous to his election to the Bananaland Talkery" he. followed the occupation of a journalist. He is very much impressed by what he has seen and heard in his tour throughout the Dominion, and much of the experience gained will be of use to him in the coming session. He is decidedly of the opinion that the Labour party is not so well organised in our islands as in the Commonwealth, and until the igorkers go in for that organisation, ■there is a poor chance* of having a virile Labour party in the New- Zealand House of Parliament, Mr. Lesina. returned to Australia by the Mokoia on Monday last. The Dunedin Grocers' Assistants' Union is strongly educational in its methods. At the March" meeting Mr. T. W. Baxter delivered an address dealing with condiments, such as spices and seasonings in pickles, sauces, and similar lines. He referred to the growth and cultivation of pepper, mustard, tumberie, ginger, cinnamon, cassia, nutmegs, kUspice, cloves, capsicums, caraway seeds, etc., and explained the preparation of these articles for the market. He exhibited samples showing the difference in qualities of those commodities. He also dealt with the subject of sugar, its derivation from sugar-cane, beet, detailing the various processes in perfecting the crude articles for the market. Interesting and instructive information was given in a concise form, and Mr. Baxter was accorded a hearty vote of ■thanks lor his excellent address. There was a very large attendance of members. A course "of lectures like Mr. Baxter's would do ; much good amongst the younger- membersVof-the Auckland Grocers' Assistants' "Union, and there would be no complaint of small attendances of members at the meetings. The following lurid description of conditions m -Pittsburg (U.S.A.), the place "where Carnegie made his money, is from the pen of Count Vay de -: Vaya, an Austrian nobleman who, it will-be remembered, passed through our city, on a tour round the world, some time agaf •'Like the'terrible idols "in past ages, the implacable iron and steel works at Pittsnurg (TJ.S.A.) must have their daily human sacrifice. Scarce jin hour passes wmiout an accident, an<Tno day'without a fatal disaster. But -what avails it if one man is crippled, a life extinguished, among fid'many, when each, place can be filled from ten. men, all eager for it! NewQomere oamp-out-in- eight of • the foundry gates, while a litae'furffier "away
-oihevs~are"amving--with--alinost daily regularity—thousands of newcomers to don'the fetters of slavery. White: slavery is an institution whose depths of-misery and degradation are lower even than they were in the black slave-holding days. The iunTgoes Iddwjv yetlt will, not become" dark. Even "tranquillity is unknown here, and twilight brings no peace nor rest. The fires burn on, steam hammers clang, and the rain of sparks continues with even greater fury. Toil and struggle proceed without intermission. There is no Sunday in the -hell of Monongaheia. The. hosts- of bondelaves Jbear their yoke without cessation. There is no day and no night, for God's day is darkened by steam and smoke" and clouds of soot rising heavenward, while the dark pall of night is snatched away by a conflagration worthy the abode of Satan himself."
TRADE & LABOUR NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909
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