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WHAT ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

COMMITTEE'S DILEMMA

The question was asked at yesterday's meeting of the Wellington Citizen's Unemployment Committee as to what was goiug to happen this Christmas to the men who had no work at all, and nothing in the house except what they received as charitable aid. There were approximately 500 eligible, but unplaced, men in this position, 268 eligiblo^for two days a week, 240 for three, and 19 for four. "We are blocked by lack of work and by lack of money," said the chairman, Mr. Goldsmith. "The City Council has no more work to offer, and we cannot place any other men. We are at present entirely in the dark as regards the future." It was agreed to interview the Prime Minister and the Minister in charge of Unemployment to endeavour to ascertain the position and the Government's future policy. At the present time, it was stated, 1807 men were getting relief work in Wellington at the rate of two days a week, 1816 three days, and 416 four days, making a total of 4039. Added to this total were the. 527 referred to above, who had been registered for 14 days and who were therefore eligible for work, but for whom no work was available. Mr. Cornwell said that the Unemployment Board had travelled from one end of the country to the other, but as far as he could see had not placed a single extra man anywhere. Mr. P. M. Butler suggested that the board was frightened to do anything in case tho public found out that it was a failure. He thought that something might be done in the way of settling men on aggregated lands near Masterton and Eketahuna. It was disgraceful, ho said, that the Wainui tunnel job was to be gone on with and approved of as relief work, although at standard rates of wages. The Government apparently had not tho money to pay out on ordinary relief works, but was prepared "to throw money to those people to go ahead with their tunnel."

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WHAT ABOUT CHRISTMAS?, Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 139, 9 December 1931

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WHAT ABOUT CHRISTMAS? Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 139, 9 December 1931

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