Losing Time Through Drink
In tho last monthly report of the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron Shipbuilders there is an important statement and announcement upon the question of men losing time through drink, and the stopping of work thereby, which ought to be more widely known. Tho report says:—"The Council i 3 again under the painful necessity of calling attention to this hydra-headed monster. No outsider, who is not fully acquainted with the internal workings of this office, can form any just conception of the magnitude of this demoralising evil, or the vexation, loss, and annoyances caused thereby. It is almost incredible the numerous complaints wo are daily receiving from firms in different localities, all echoing the .'who question, namely • Can your Council assist us in any way in stopping loss of time by nicit being off work through drinking? So general and widespread is the disease thataomo peremptory and stringent measures will havo to be immediately adopted to stamp out the growing pest." Tho report goes on to say that the Council "have repeatedly pointed out the degradation and misery this per nicious habit entails upon members and their unfortunate fami'ies," and also "the losses sustained by employers by delay of work, non-fulfilment of contracts, and the penalties incurred by the late delivery of vessels tiiat are urgently needed." It is further pointed out that great loss is inflicted nuon the socioty, its funds, and deserving'members, through this wilful and unnecessary waste of time. It goes on to give illustrations of the inconvenience and loss caused to certain classes of workmen, by the abstention of other classes from work, thus necessitating a stoppage of the steady men, by the intemperance of those who drink : " thus the effect of this far-reaching evil is to punish the innocent along with the guilty." The Council's Determination.—The report continues:—" We have tried persuasion, advice, and reason, and these ineffective to eradicate the bad habit, we are determined to try a remedy of anotlur kind—more forcible and not easily forgotten." It thon says: "Our rules say that 'if any employer should be injured by the misconduct of any member or members, such member or members Bhall bo fined from the sum of 10s to Ls.' This rule must bo put in force by all branches and district committees against members who injure their employers by losing time." It further states that some district committees have roudcred good servico in this direction, notably at Liverpool and Birkenhead, A special committee is appointed to deal with it in Greenock and Port Glasgow, with full power to punish oil offenders. The other puttion of this Clyde district ie to dt-il \\ith
the upper readies of the Clyde. The Council call upon the steady men to assist them in removing the "accursed evil."— ' Engineering,' April '2b\
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Losing Time Through Drink, Evening Star, Issue 7946, 29 June 1889
Losing Time Through Drink Evening Star, Issue 7946, 29 June 1889
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