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THE SWEATING SYSTEM.

TO THK EDITOR.

Sir, —The eloquent speech recently delivered by the Rev. R. Waddell against sweating might be quoted in favor of the policy of Protectionists, as it strikes at the root of the question. If a protective policy had not been forced upon the colony, the workers here would bo killed by competition with the sweaters of the Home countries. Employes may start unions, but in order to be successful they must have a healthy basis. It has been shown that the warehousemen of Dunedin would not take the responsibility of checking tho wages paid by contractors, whom they wanted theCitizens'Committee to deal directly with. Theonly way out of the difficulty seems to be in the direction of further legislation, It should be acknowledged that much good has been done by means of Acts of Parliament. Public opinion is not strong enough to prevent the enormous increase of apprentices in various branches of trade. The main point involved in this discussion, I think, is—What is to be the state of the bulk of colonists in New Zealand ? Are they to be free, healthy, and contented? or the reverseslaves ?-I am, etc., W. A. vY. Watubn, Dunedin, June 13.

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THE SWEATING SYSTEM., Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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THE SWEATING SYSTEM. Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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