THE CLOTHING TRADE DISPUTE.
CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE EMPLOYED AND THE EMPLOYERS This afternoon at three o'clock tho Committees of the Clothing Manufacturers' Aaso- | oiation and the Tailoiesso.,' Union met in conference at the Young Women's Association Rooms to discuss the log. 'J hose present were —As representing the manufacturers: Messrs Ha'lenstein, A. L. Isaacs, and Olapporton (New Ztaland G othing Faatory); Guthrie and A. .Levy (Quthrio and Levy); Palmer and Hercus (Ross and clendining); Morrij (Morris andSeelye); and I nes and M'Farlane. As representing the Tailoreeses' Uni n; Mrs Bell, Misses Morrison, Notlen, Atwood, Omand, Kennedy, Gillespie, Bias land, Aitchesoq, Dry den, Adams, aud Whitehorn, and Messrs C. Smith, C. Wewton, E. Fielding, and J, A. Millar (socretary), Mr G. Ftnwick attended by invitation, and acted as chairman. The Chairman said that it would not be neceasary for him to make any preliminary remarks further than were necessary to a proper understanding. He assumed that it was definitely understood that any itemß as to which there was disagreement would bo remitted to the Joint Committee which met tonight. None of those present demurred to this statement of the understanding that existed. Mr Millar said that he b lieved toe manufacturers met yesterday afternoon to go throogb the log. If to, it would save time if the log was handed in, bo that those 'terns to which no exception was taken could be passed at once, Mr Hercus said that it was as stated. The manufacturers had gone setiatim through ell the items, with an earnest desire to avoid referring anything to arbitration. He had ticked off those line* to which no objection was taken, and had marked the utmost price that could be given in the other lines. It was agreed that, as a preliminary, Mr Millar should read the tailoresses' log as corrected by the manufacturers. ThU being done, the Chaibijan asked whether the Union Committee were prepared to accept the manufacturers' prices as t>tated, or were the reductions so material as to render it necessary to discuss every item I Mr Niwton : I should think they are. Mr Fielding remarked that there were reductions on 50 per cent, of the item.', and he> feared these would not all be accepted. Mr Smith asked how many manufacturer were present' at the meeting. Ihe Cha'RIIAN did not nze what that had to do with the business. The manufacturers presented the log as it stood as their own joint idea. Mr Smiixi rtmirked that there was something behind it that the cbaiiman did not know about. Mr Millar said that to bring matters to a point he would ask each manufacturer separately if he agreed to the log. Mr Hallenstein and Messrs Innes and M'Farlane replied in the affirmative; and Mr Morn?, the next one asked, s*ld tint in orders he would bo inclined to pay more.—(Applause.), Mr Hallknbtein asked whether Mr Morris had not paid he would agree to, the prices fixed bj l the'other manufacturers. Mr Morris replied that he had, and was perfectly agreeable to do so if, all wore agreed, Mr Millar (\l not typpose the manufacturers were fixed in their determination, if a reason could be shown for giving a little more, because if they wou'd not make any alteration it was no u.-.e going any further. Mr Hincus slid the manufacturers were certainly prepared to h»ar what m'ght be Baid. Mr Millar'explained, In answfr to a question, that Morris and Soclyo had shown that they had undertaken a contract eutaldo Dunedin befo:e tho prisent dispute, and the Union were willing to allow them' to finish that contract at the old prices. Any other firm in a similar poßition would be allowed the fame concession. Further discussion ensued, and at 4.25 none of the bniincßs had been transacted.
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THE CLOTHING TRADE DISPUTE., Evening Star, Issue 8000, 31 August 1889