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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1889.

As a rule we avoid all interference in the relations between einThe Proposed ployers and employed, bestnke. Heving that each party can far better judge their own interests than we can. On this ground we have taken no part in the discussion of what is known as the " Sweating System," though we have felt deep interest in the proceedings adopted to secure adequate remuneration for the employees. We hoped that an amicable and fair arrangement would have been arrived at, as both sides appeared to be animated by a spirit of fair play; and regret much that, according to present appearances, the tailoresses have determined upon a strike unless their "log" is adopted. We recommend them by all means to pause before committing themselves to so extreme a measure. They should be made aware that strikes are serious matters, not to be lightly entered upon. Even if successful in obtaining all they ask, they necessarily involve irretrievable hardships on the strikers according to the length of their continuance; and while they inflict loss upon the manufacturers, occasionally, some compensation in the shape of increased prices of stock on hand tempers it. But the chief danger of a strike i 3 the driving away trade to other districts. They may be distant, but nowadays, with present facilities of intercommunication, distance is annihilated ; and, should this take place, most probably the industry will never be reinstated. Such was the case many years ago in Knarcsborough, a town of Yorkshire, once famous for its linen manufacture; but, owing to a strike, the trade was transferred to Ireland, and Knaresborough became comparatively a village. Many similar instances have occurred which should act as warnings, not to be ignored. Were the rate of wages in other cities of the Colony the same as the "log" adopted by the tailoresses, of course such a result would not follow ; but unfortunately, as we are informed, they are lower, and this is a circumstance that militates against their prospect of success. It is alike unfavorable to employer and employed. It diminishes the chance of the employer competing successfully with manufacturers in other towns if higher wages are paid by them, and weakens the chance of tho strikers obtaining w h a * ihe> 7 a *' Under these circumstances we should by all means recommend a conference between competent referees on both sides. We do not know what the difference between the two " logs " may be, but by the report in the ' Daily Times' of this morning it appears that the proposal of the manufactures had not been formally submitted to the Tailoresses' Union; an accidental omission which should not be the means of causing disagreement. To avoid the loss and inconvenience to both sides which would be the inevitable result of a strike, a plan of co-operation has been suggested to us which, if adopted, would, we think, be a means of friendly consideration of mutual interests between the manufacturers and their employees. I Jt may not be the best that can be devised, but jt wou|d Jegsen the ten- ! dency to regard each other as fiwfotf instead of invests in comseparate, .. iti go«mon. At any rate, . side ration. First. That "TheTailoresses' Union" should consist of both employers and employed. Second. That the Committee of the Union should be composed of two or more members chosen by the workers, and a like number of the manufacturers. Third. That two persons shall be chosen members of the Committee not connected with the trade, who shall be regarded as umpires, to whom only such matters shall be referred as cannot be agreed upon by the Joint Committee. Fourth. That the umpires, in case of difference of opinion, shall have power to submit the matter to a referee, whose decision shall be final.. If this or a better method can be

arrived at for settling differences, instead of the clumsy, self-destructive alternative of a strike, we think great advantages would accrue to every member connected with the manufacture, and a precedent adopted that would advantageously be followed in other trades.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1889., Issue 7997, 28 August 1889

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1889. Issue 7997, 28 August 1889

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