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DAIRY WORKERS' HOUSES "Any proposal to raise rents of old houses in the industry will be fought to the bitter end," said Mr. L. D. Robertson, general secretary of the Dairy Workers' Union, when referring to the suggestion made at the recent Dominion Dairy Conference that a tribunal, with authority to raise existing low rentals in order to reduce anomalies between employees who occupied existing houses and those who occupied ones erected at a higher cost, be set up. "In the past," said Mr. Robertson, "dairy companies have, in the main, ignored the necessity of providing adequate and suitable accommodation for the dairy worker." Now that one of the major problems facing the manning of factories was lack of accommodation, the industry was building accommodation in an endeavour to rectify the position. Due to high building costs, however, and the inability of the worker to pay the higher rent it was proposed to lower these rents, but to raise the rents of the older houses.

Mr. Robertson added that there would be "serious trouble" if any attempt was made to step up existing rentals, as many members were protesting at the already high rents paid, for the class of house provided.

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RENT INCREASE OPPOSED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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RENT INCREASE OPPOSED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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