THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE v. A TEACHERS' UNION.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —My attention has only now beeu directed to an article on the Educational Institute which appeared in your ibhuo of tho 10th inst. I wish to state that there was no desire on the part of tho promoters of the proposal to form a "trades union" in teaching. That is sufficiently piovod by the wording of the motion (Mr KossV, which waa rtally that of ths Waitaki branch), which distinctly states that the object in to d.fine a portion of the work of the liduoational Institute which bad undoubtedly been kept too much ia the background hlthe.rto. Tho only person who made uh? of the words "trades union" in connection with the matter was one of the "older membet?," whose wisdom yuu bo much Jaud, and who trh d to score a point in the debato by committing thoßO who bupponed the motion to the damaging adin!biion that that was what they wanted, bit who was not very successful in his attempt. Union certainly ia required am wig teachers, and a union which shall mean something mote than a me:e three d ;yaof aimless) and resultless palaver annually, aud personally I care nothirg for the name so lone; aa wo havo the thing in reality—Educational Institute will rfoas v/ellns any other. Do not suppose Mr Editor, nor allow your readers to suppose, th*t tho Waitaki branch are endeavoring to excite a "hops " or even a "drains for wealth" amongst their brethren. If that were the object they would be much more likely to advise teachers to send in their resignations tA one?, anil set out for Nr-nthorn with a pick and shovel, themselves setting the example. There is no fear that a trades union of teacherr, will wer attempt "toput up the wages"; but if our present union had been a real and eifectivo one, it rn'ght have prevented tho teachers boing singled out from among all other e'asses in the colony to bear more than a doable share of tho pressure of retrenchment, as we trust, under a better difined basis, it will be able to prevent Binh injustice being repeated. In accusing us if aiming at "wealth," you surely cv.not know that since the retrenchment cry set in the teacherß of Otago, while bearing the : r equal share of all taxation with other members of the community, havo twice had their salaries reduced, twice their bonuses, an additional decrease of salary effected by tho introduction of the strict average, and a reduction cf pijmonts for the instruction of pupilteachers. Truly this is a most Hibernian method of rising to wealth. As to the "duties and responsibilities,'and "dignity of calling," it is true ; but, in the connection in which it is here used, really, Mr Editor, I am afraid it c.in be called nothing more or lees than "bunkum." Will my butcher givo me my meat a halfpenny a pound cheaper becauo I "love my work," or my grocer givo mo a bag of sugir at the old price because I am "conscious of its value to mankind." Either in this colony, or any other put cf tho world, experience shows that those who look after their own interests, even if they aro teacherp, are moat respected; while those who fill their heads with fids and neglect their personal affa'rs may get a great deal of more or loss contemptuoui praise, but are ju>-t!y contemned by all sensible people. —I am. etc., Waitaki. Caroaiu, July 17.
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THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE v. A TEACHERS' UNION., Evening Star, Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
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