MEETING OF CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS.
A meeting was held last night of the clothing manufacturers of Dunedin at the office of Messrs Morris and Seelye, when representatives of tbe following firms were present Messrs Innes and Guthrie and Levy, Morris and Seelye, Rose and Glendining (Mr Palmer), and Hallenstein Bros, Mr B. Hallenstein was voted to the chair.
After discussion it was unanimously resolved—“ That the manufacturers of Dunedin for themselves into an association, one of the principal objects of which would be to fix a log or scale of prices, tbe manufacturers belonging to the Association binding themselves not to pay their employes less than the prices fixed by the said Association.”
Mr Hallenstein pointed out that in order to prevent wages being lowered below the scale fixed by the Association, it would be necessary for them to frame regulations disqualifying employes working for a manufacturer who did not belong to the Association from being employed by the associated manufacturers. This, he said, would be an advantage both for the workers and the employers. Supposing a new manufacturer started and refused to join the Association, he, by getting the nucleus of a staff from the established factories, and even paying them for a time higher prices, yet by also getting outside labor at lower wages, would after a while be enabled to lower prices and bring about' that state of things which he (Mr Hallenstein) believed none of those present t|esired. Qn the other hand, if it was true, as
had been atated, that the log submitted to them would raise present pricei by onethird, then Us adoption ho felt sure would destroy at 'east half the trade done by manufacturers who made up tor warehouses. Uis firm did not work for the warehousemen, but from conversations he had had with them he knew that, while all felt inclined to give locally-made clothing the preference, they would, to a great extent, be forced to revert again todmportation if too high tariff was adopted. This would have the effect of throwing a great many of the present workers out of employment. It was decided to fix a “log "at a subsequent meeting, to be held within a fortnight. Mr Palmer (for Messrs Ross and Olendiuing) and Air Hallensteln (for the New Zealand Clothing Factory) promised to bring up a list of prices paid by them, to be compared with tho prices paid by the manufacturers working for tho warehouses. All the manufacturers were in favor of not allowing any goods to be taken home by their workpeople; hut this and other matters were to be more fully gone into at a future meeting.
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MEETING OF CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS., Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
MEETING OF CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS. Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
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