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TO THE EDITOR. g rR) Your correspondent " Compositor " boasts in Saturday's issue of your paper "that the master printers are as honest a class of business men as any in the City." If this be so, why have they for the last two years been working for the sole benefit of the public, and with no profit to themselves? No honest bnsinesß man earnestly desiring to keep out of the Bankruptcy Court daro do that. But they have been cut-throats in tho past, undercutting each others quotations out of jealousy that the other should not secure the order ; each and every one of them eager to monopolise the trade. Such business principle is not strictly honest. , , , , "Compositor" charges a large class of people with " the habit of hay/king round their jobs, some of them not more than 103 altogether.'-' I admit that it is scarcely worth the trouble " to hawk round " a ]ob for'that amount, but what if the job be LlO or LI 5 or more ? Has not tho town clerk or any other servant of trußt a right—nay, is not he required—to find out tfc> cheapest firm with whom to place his orders ? How can he find this out? Not by "hawking round, but by inviting quotations from two or three printers. If your correspondent finds that he oan get a pair of shoes cheaper from Tom than from Dick " Compositor" will certainly go to Tom. ~. . Now, sir, supposing the public were to submit (which I hope they will not) to extortionate prices dictated by this ring or ciique—what horrid words-would it in any way benefit the working men in the printing line ? I doubt it, and so does your correspondent, who, I believe, is not a bona fade compositor, but represents a printing farm, and who preaohes " loyal adherence to the rules of the Union," whilst, on the sly perhaps, he underquotes the rest of the Union, and thus secures all the available orders. I would have believed your correspondents identity if he had asked that the Union should, in consideration of the greater profits

they now make, increase the wage 3 of their hands.—l am, etc, Anti-Hcmbuo.

Dunedin, May 20.

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THE PRINTERS' RING., Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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THE PRINTERS' RING. Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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