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TROUBLE IN THE BOOT TRADE.

A dispute occurred this morning at the bootmaking establishment of Messrs Simon Bros., Bath street. It seems that about four years ago the Bootmakers' Union drew up a statement of prices, which has been in force ever since, and under which five rivets to the inch are recognised as the standard ; and if more rivets bo required an extra Id per pair is allowed to the worker. Messrs Simon Bros, have proposed to reduce the number of rivets to the inch to four, and to reduce the price paid by Id, which is equal to a reduction of Id per pair all round on rivotted work. The men tleolined to accept these terms. To-day the various bootmaking establish ments in town received the following notice from the Bjotmakera' Union :—" The Union have decided that the maximum number of rivets and pegs to the inch shall be as follows : Five to the inch in all classes of rivetted work, and in pegged work Biz to the inch in flrst-olass, and five to the inch in second and third classes of work. If more to the inch is required an additional penny per pair shall be paid ; and piece soling shall be paid at the rate of Id per pair extra." Waiting on Messrs Simon Bros, this afternoon one of ourreporteis was supplied with the following statement of the affair from the employers' point of view :—" The facts are these: The men had a meeting last night and passed a resolution to the effect that a penny per pair should be charged if they drive more than five rivets to the inch. The dispute arose over this : We say that we should pay a penny less if they drive less than five rivets to the inch. It is purely a question of interpretation of the statement. We are willing to pay the penny extra if they allow us to pay the penny less. The men went out this morning on their own accord. We told them that if they were obstinate under instructions from their society they could resume work until they found out whether they were right. They have not come to us with any proposition. Before they went out we told them the best thing would be for two of their number to go and see the secretary, but they said something to the effect that they would all go, and they went. Two of the leading manufacturing firms in town uphold our interpretation of the statement. We wish to do our part fairly to the men in accordance with an honest interpretation of the statement. Our point is this: We are willing to give them this penny if they drive more than five rivets per inch, if they allow us the penny if they drive less than five rivets to the inch. We have never had occasion for the men to go out over any trouble previously."

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TROUBLE IN THE BOOT TRADE., Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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TROUBLE IN THE BOOT TRADE. Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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