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TO THE EDITOR. Sib,— Ferniit me to endorse the views expressed in the letter signed "Anti-Slavery," published in your last night's issue, referring to the way in which clerks here as a rale are tieated by emp'oyers—treatment which, in my opinion, is quite as worthy of attention as any other phase of the sweating system; i.e., the greatest possible amount of work for the least remuneration. This in regard to clerks is a fact, and needs no further comment, as it is already well known that it exists in Dunedin. There are warehouses in High street wher*, if there are not lights every night, it is an exception. Do the clerks working like this (scarcely no time to themselves whatever) get paid overtime? No; it is doubtful if they are paid sufficiently for humane time. Still they must, Eome say, because others will take their places, and glad of the chance—to be sweated. Of course, this helps to maintain the present state of affairs in this land of freedom. There is an Accountant and Clerk's Association in almost all large towns. Why not form one here, and wafcoh your interests when they are thus abused ? I deny the "occasionally" going back referred to in a second letter in the same issue. It mUBt be an almost enforced habit, under terror of the "sack"; and, as to working over kouis making your maik, this would be near the truth were one working for his own interest, or were he pa'd for that extrathen they could suit themselves about overtime. But it is the terrorism that exists to force men to work overtime for nothing, in order to keep up their sometimes inadequate salary, that ought to be suppressed,—l am, eto., A Man's a Man fob a That. Mornington, July 17.

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CLERKS' HOURS., Issue 7963, 19 July 1889

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CLERKS' HOURS. Issue 7963, 19 July 1889

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