THE TRAM COMPETITION AT SWEATING PRICES.
TO THE EDITOR. Sib, —In Princes street I notice that at the hour when the factory employes leave their work, with one accord they get into two halfpenny cars waiting to receive them. A short time ago Mr Waddell begged us to give a fair price for clothing made at our factories here, and depicted the misery we were inflicting on helpless women and children by our greed in insisting on cheap prices. Dunedin with one accord insisted on a fair wage for a fair day’s work, and the result Is that the factory employes’ condition is much improved. These people would doubtless be much astonished to be told that they are assisting sweating in an aggravated form. They, doubtless, think that the Tram Company and Mr Young are rich enough to fight it out between themselves, and Mr Young’s horses and employes must be fed in Dunedin and repairs effected, so no harm can possibly be done by riding at sweating prices. Yet the public are inflicting terrible hardships on women and children, I allude to St. Rilda, Caversham, and other cabs, which now have to run for Id. These cabmen have hitherto done us good service by running at different times from the trams. I watched a number of these cabs yesterday, and I came to the conclusion that their takings would average 4d an hour. Why, the dock laborers at Home are striking for 6d an hour. With two horses to feed, which cannot cost less than 2s per day, what is left for repairs, shoeing, and keep of wife and children ? These are sweating prices, indeed. The wages of a factory girl are princely in comparison.—l am, etc., Anti-Sweating. Dunedin, August 30.
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THE TRAM COMPETITION AT SWEATING PRICES., Evening Star, Issue 8002, 3 September 1889
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