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MEETING OF PAINTERS., Issue 7968, 25 July 1889
MEETING OF PAINTERS.
A meeting of journeymen painters was held in the Coffee Palace last evening, when there wore about twenty present. The president of the society, Mr Knowles, who was in the chair, said before proceeding to the business of the evening he hoped that Honmembers would not interfere in the discussion. They were fully awaro that bo much had been subscribed in connection with Mr Dawson's mattor, and that the society were prepared to ace him through the affair. Mr Dawson went to a solicitor, and had been advised to go and see Mr Wren. He did so on Monday morning, and he alleged that he was knocked down and kicked out of tho shop. They would understand that an indignation meeting had been called for to-night. He would call on Mr Dawson to tell his own story. Mr Dawson said that on Saturday he was advised to go to Mr Wren, and on Monday morning he called upon him. He was accompanied by Mr Robertson. Mr Wren, who was at the door, requested him to go inside, and then aßked him: "Did you not tell mo your wife was laid up, and that you would be glad of a job?" Mr Wren then knooked the speaker down, and kicked him out of the shop, One of those present was about to question Mr Dawson, when the Chairman said he was out of order. The society (had to thank Mr Dawson for the action he had taken in not being willing to take his 6s a day. He had proved that he wanted 9a, and was willing to go into Court over the matter.
Mr T. Roisertson said he was asked to go along with Mr Dawson to see Mr Wren. They went. Mr Dawdon went into the shop, and presently came stumbling out without his hat. There was a red mark about the size of a shilling on his neck. He (the speaker) advised him to go and see Mr Solomon, and ho went.
The Chairman said he would like that someone should express an opinion about the manner in which the man had baen treated,
Mr R. Lima asked if they did not think it would be better to wait till the Court case was over. They really ought not to take the thing up till tho case was settled ; then they could pass resolutions sympathising with Mr Dawaon. —(Applause,) Mr Watson was of the same opinion as Mr Little. They had no doubt their private opinions on the matter, but at the same time it was hardly fair play to judge Mr Wren till they had heard both sides. the case went against Mr Dawsou and they passed auy strong remarks in tho matter, they would look rather foolish.
Tho Chairman did not see what they had to do with the Court case. They had undertaken to do a certain amount of work for the man, who had reported certain things and brought a wiinesa to prove them, but the matter could be left to that day week if they wished. Oue of those present said it seemed to him very like hanging the man and trying him afterwards. Mr Little said he would move that the matter be left over. They had yet to hear Mr Wren's story. Not that he meant to doubt Mr Dawson's version.
The motion was seconded by Mr Andrews, and carried. The Chairman said the next business was regarding the telegrams from Mr Fish, Tho majority of them understood the matter. A resolution had been proposed by Mr Nash which, a» chairman, he should not have allowed to be passed, because they had not received any hatisfaction from Mr Fish's telegram. He allowed it to be passed because, as he thought, Mr Fish was agreeable to pay 9s to men on tho Exhibition. It had been proved to them Bince that the boys had not been "sacked" for the benefit of the men. They havo not had sufficient answer to their telegram, and he would leave it to the meeting to say if the telegram he had before him was sufficient. They could either reject it or get more iufoiination from Mr Fish by telegraphing. Mr Vat.son said he would move that they telegraph further to Mr Fish. One of the meeting mentioned there were more men working on the Exhibition than boys. The Chairman thought thore was one thing quite evident, and that was that Mr Fi/ih's manager had been trying to make the public believe that he had sixteen men on who woie getting from l)j to 13s 6d per day. They knew that they had not half the number on now that they had, and when th°y eaid they were paying a thing which they were not, he (the speaker) was of opinion that they ought to be shown up.
Mr Watson' moved in term* of his former resolution, which was seconded by Mr J. Randall, and carried.
MEETING OF PAINTERS., Issue 7968, 25 July 1889
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