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TO THE EDITOR. Sir.,—ln Mr Fish's letter that appeared in your paper of Saturday, I notice that Mr Fish states that he only employs the best tradesmen. I ask how it is that he has working for him petty contractors who have done moro harm to the painting trade than all the other painters in the City ? Why does Mr Fish's mind differ from what it did a few years ago in reference to distempering ? Mr Fish has paid 10j and lis a day to tradesmen to do the same kind of work as the boys are doing at the Exhibition at wool stores iu this City. Mr Fish states that it is well known that he only employs the best tradesmen and pays them the standard wages (9i par day). It is only in urgent cases that Mr Fish employs these men. How is it that Mr Fish employs men who have served their apprenticeship and are equally as good as the best tradesman in the City, and yet only pays them Is and Sa a day '! These cheap men are always kept going, and the men who. receive the standard wages are the last to bo taken on and the first to go off, Mr Fish says that he does not believe that Mr Dawson is a tradesman. I can tell Mr Fish that the latter served an apprenticeship of six years to his trade in Edinburgh ; came to this colony with no friends to help him, and sooner than walk the streets or injure his fellow tradesmen by working for low wages, took a job at a hotel till his own trade got brisker. More credit to Mi Dawson for so doing. Mr Wren knew quite well that Dawson was a journeyman painter when he engaged him, as the books of our society can show, the entry therein of his (Dawson's) name being in Mr Wren's own handwriting during the time that the latter was hon. secretary to the society. I am surprised at the action of Messrs Fish and Wren, seeing that they were prime movers in starting our society, with the object of endeavoring to improve the condition of tho working painter. How is it that Mr Fish, after being twenty-six years in the paintiug trade, is now going to degrade it by employing boys to do the same kind of work as he employed tradesmen to do a few years ago ? Mr Fish states that he would sooner believe his manager than half of the painters who were present at the meeting on Friday, the 19fch inst. I don't care whether Mr Fish believes them or not, I leave the public to judge who is right.—l am, etc, John, President Journeymen Painters' Society. Dunedin, July 29.

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MR FISH AND THE PAINTERS' SOCIETY., Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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MR FISH AND THE PAINTERS' SOCIETY. Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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