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THE CLOTHING TRADE.

The meeting on Saturday between the Tailoreßaes' Union and the Clothing Manufacturers' Association was a protracted one, lasting from 3 p.m. till 11 p.m., with half an hour's adjournment. As a result of the deliberations the manufacturers agreed to the tailoresses' log, with the exception of the items stock overcoats, juvenile clothing, slop vests, and order vests. Peculiar difficulty was experienced in dealing with these lines juvenile clothing especially, as in it the local makers are liableto competion with the imported article—and they stand referred to the Joint Committee for settlement A considerable amount of compromise was necessary on both sides in order to arrive at an agreement in respect to the prices. In discussing some items which they considered too high the manufacturers produced their invoices, and it was at once apparent to. the Committee that if they persisted in their demands the result would be that a lot of trade would be done away with here. The manufacturers also pointed out that if all the log prioea were carried out the importation of certain articles would largely increase, but the Committee held that the small increase that was asked would not have that effect. It was agreed that machinists should rcoeive from 10s to 25s per week according to their capabilities. There was some difficulty in considering the question as to who were and who were not entitled to rank as first-class, and eventually the matter of classification was referred to the Union Committee for further consideration, and, if possible, they will draw up a plan to meet the difficulty. After the business had been disposed of, The Chairman congratulated both the Union Committee and the manufacturers on the happy termination of the disagreements that had arisen, and said he felt sure both parties would now experience a feeling of great relief. The Rev. R. Waddeix (president of the Union) said they certainly ought not to separate without expressing their hearty thanks to Mr Fenwick for the great interest he had taken in their proceeding?, and for the fairness, tact, and ability he had displayed as chairman of their meetings. He was quite sure they all appreciated most thoroughly the valuable service he hdd rendered them. (Applause.) He also thanked the manufacturers for the courtesy they had throughout shown to the Committee, and he trusted that the good feeling now existing would be continued, and that the employers would recognise that in the Union they had a friend, and not an enemy. The Chairman expressed his thanks for the kind recognition of the assistance he was pleased to think he had been able to render them, and the proceedings then closed. The Joint Committee is now complete. It consists of Messrs J. A. Millar and C. W. Smith (representing the Union), Messrs Hallenstein and Hercus (representing the manufacturers), and Messrs W. Hutchison, D. Reid, and W. Brown, the last-named member having been selected by Messrs Hutchison and Reid.

The new log, taking it all round, is an increase of about 12£ per cent, on the one submitted lately by the manufacturers. Eleven items in the pressors' log have been referred to the Joint Committee.

The shirt-makers' log is to be taken up this week, and the Committee of the Union propose to take npthe cause of the stockingknitters and bag-makers. A log for the tailoresse's in shops has be"en prepared by a committee selected from the employees., of whom there are about 100 in rarious'shops. The log will be sent to the employers about the middle pf (he week,

Work was resnmed this morning in all the factories, and the manufacturers have agreed to pay the l„j prici-s as from to-day.

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THE CLOTHING TRADE., Issue 8001, 2 September 1889

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THE CLOTHING TRADE. Issue 8001, 2 September 1889

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