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MR FISH AND THE JOURNEYMEN PAINTERS.

10 'i'llP. KDITOH. I *,,. _l nV'-vr, bv a perusal of your ivipor, tbattnv ; ffi'-itd's the j.urm-vraen paintt-M of IMiKdin have d'ipcn-1' the hj ri'.r to {levnte n considerable amount o" v.+eiiU-.n to my humble self and the manner m wh'-hn.y business is n .1 ductal ; a.-.d, u« lisuil in | mu-'i cases, the mountain Ins i.ei-n 111 labor and i'vosi-ht firth Ihj provcrbi.il mruse. In tho first! 1,1 c- : 1 may Riy tliat since bavin;? Lmnedin I h:ivc in no w,iv interfered in the c -nriuet c-f my business. ( h'fi a" "I'litlcman in charge in whose ability and in'o'rirv I lnvc imblieit eonfi-ierc.-, ar:d feeling ; u-surfd he wr:ti!d rto nolhinsr that I wou'd not Co r-,y-.:f The facia are very simple. My linn Inn at wi-ir, a vtiiy ,'itn.unt ot wotli in hand, ai',!M>"Si which is a very la-go qua-itity r.f whittv.'.rVio", or what is technically Known as or-tempt-ting this consisting of covering iron and toii''h woodwork. This work, in rm sense ol tho ti-nii ca» he ca led painte -i' wm!c—that is work for ■ n-ri lOn hj ive served Ml-' r liare to the trade. It can .-■a w- it be On r by yotrhs, or bejs, or laborers who have bid a brush in tin:ir hinds tor a few months, nnd it .v.w.vh aomewhit nnr'-vionable to mc to expect ti'iut I am to ci: ploy p intsm to do work at lb! per dav which can be .<»nu afiw.lland quickly by bays at d youths at trcm :U to 5s per diy, and th s is what mv friends tho painters require mc to do. AH that 1 cm f»V N, I)™';, they with they may gov it' S.ifir mv «c ion meets with my entire ■•ip-;val For p ■inters' work it, is well known to all IKt I' einpl.v,' iir.no but Ihe list trade.-men p 0rurabli-, and that I piy the ttai.dard wages of Os per day. ~ . Now a word or fwo »s to the man Diwfor, who, it Wal ac.J, is a tradesman, and whom my manager 11, id at. fs p( r day- ]rl tno lirsl l >liC: '< ' rio llot ~eli- u 0 lie n a tradesman, tot if lie were it is somewhat flt'-.rn'o thr.t be sheuld have liwn iMiiplnyul :-8 bouts rit the Gridiion Hotel for some com.iderablo timo. iiv i«ai:a'.':'r iiilmiiisra:- tint thin individual csmu to Um with a pitiful vara that be was in extreme liov.rfy, arid vas willing to rtart at any price. Mr VVirn then li.W him ihut he was (iftyinj; ior tl e work not more thnnlJO.'p::r week, ai:d ir he pulled out he could hive tliit. Ha then agreed to tttrrt at thV, and thatikea liim very much for nivintr him > tlunce. The reason lie lift <f£ wnrkins was not on neciinr. of the w.-ri-s he was (rcttinjf, tut becaui-e i'i tho eours-e 'f his work ho had fo i;o o.i it, hi,'h r caff old, ar.d that, havincr hadafalleomo veara it made him Kiddy. Ho was then told that there was no other work to do, and if he could not do that he would have to knock off, which "he did, and toik his pay without a murmur. My manager assures me he did not ted him that he was a jiurneyroaii painter; aud, strange ns it may appjar, I pafir to bclbvo him rather than Mr ]J*wBon. or a, ereod ninny who were present at tho mectinjr on Friday last. However, f may say that in crißSfrinif; this man' at fs per day my committed an error of judßinent, as it is "not my wish or desire to employ any man, whether painter or not, at a fai thingless th in tnxf'" hishest nor will I di. so. Now, just let mo say r word or two in co' e 'ision to the Duiiedin painters. May I ask them upon whom lies the blame cf work in our trade hung taken at the price it is, and in asking this question I include at least hj ilf the trr.-n wtio w.>ro present, at the meeting referred to. Do they not know it la their o.vn fault in tcndciimr for work against tho employers at priws whirl), if they work ten hours a day or mo-c, cannot return them more than as or (is per day ? All the trade know it, and I can declare that, in order to keep ac work at times my rotular hands, I havo in consequents ",t this taken work at no profit whatever, and frequency at a loss. . I have no mm to siy. I do not tiunk it can be fairly alleged! ha'. I havo been for the twenty-six or twentj-seven years I have been in business other than a fair employer of labor, and one who has always paid the best wages. I have, however, no intention of being coerced. The painters can go their way and I will "0 mine. I know them and they know rc«.—l am. etc , H. S. Fish, Jcn. Wellington, June 22. .... [We relax on this occasion our rule against inserting letters that appear in our cjtitemporaries, i.ecause Mr Fish was subjected in our columns to criticism by the Paintcis'Society, of which he complains.— El). E.S J

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MR FISH AND THE JOURNEYMEN PAINTERS., Evening Star, Issue 7970, 27 July 1889

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MR FISH AND THE JOURNEYMEN PAINTERS. Evening Star, Issue 7970, 27 July 1889

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