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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— There is a great noise in the community at present with regard to the hours of labor and the rate of wages paid. It is claimed that the Government have passed an act to regulate the hours of labor for the working class. Has it never occurred to the “ Sweating ” Committee that the Government arc large employers of labor, and if such Is the case it must follow that they are large transgressors of the Act. Some of the Civil servants have very good hours and fair wages, but a large majority have not. The Government take caro to leave a loophole for themselves ; they do not state definitely the number of hours required by them to make up a day’s work. It is only for factories and other local industries that the hours are limited. Take, for example, railway engine-drivers, firemen, and guards. It will be found that they work from ten to sixteen hours per day. They are not paid in proportion to these hours, nor do they get time off equal to it. Civil servants have little or no appeal anywhere. They dare not use the Press; tho only appeal they have is through their immediate superior officer, and in sending the appeal to headquarters he adds to it simply what he thinks fit. There is a game | being carried on in Dunedin at present, , Boys are being drafted into the Service at . the rate of 3s per day. When they are a ; few weeks in the Service they are sent to do just as responsible work as the older hands. 1 When the number gets large enough for the public to notice they are scattered about the | country stations. Their wages will scarcely ; pay for their board. There can be little doubt that this move is dose with an object. I am, etc., Justice. Dunedin, August 24.

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THE GOVERNMENT AS "SWEATERS.", Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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THE GOVERNMENT AS "SWEATERS." Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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