THE SWEATING SYSTEM.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir.,—lt is to be hoped that the meeting on the "sweating" B.vstem, to be held on Friday evening, will be thronged. If on this subject there ia diversity of opinion in the community that diversity ehould be male apparent. Nothing but an emphatic protest on the part of tho public can be effectual, and the question ought to be faiily faced. If anything can be said in defence of "sweating," by all moans let It be said. There is a "growing feeling that it is immoral to profit by a system which, when carried to extremes (as in time this must be), ii followed by. consequences as cruel and as degrading as any that have resulted from the slave trade or from piracy. Everyone knows, or should know, that what is termed the " freedom of contract" left to the victims of the sweating system is a sham. These people are no more free than they would be if their limbs were manacled and they were guarded by armed men. It may be, however, that after all "sweating" is, under existing circumstances, inevitable, as are other forma of dishonesty and wrong-doing. Still, unless good reason can be shown to the contrary, the gentle .ncn who profit by, or who insist upon leaving it open to themselves to profit by, "sweating," must in public estimation stand on a level with those who in this matter arc virtually their agents. However discourteous this opinion may appear, it seems to me to be absolutely correct to affirm that -all who knowingly profit by wrong-doing are responsible for its existence, whether they do so as respectable principals or unprincipled agents.—l am, etc., Voco. Dunedin, June 6.
Permanent link to this item
THE SWEATING SYSTEM., Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
THE SWEATING SYSTEM. Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
Using This Item
Allied Press Ltd is the copyright owner for the Evening Star. You can reproduce in-copyright material from this newspaper for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons New Zealand BY-NC-SA licence. This newspaper is not available for commercial use without the consent of Allied Press Ltd. For advice on reproduction of out-of-copyright material from this newspaper, please refer to the Copyright guide.