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A meeting of master tailors with a committee appointed from among the tailoresses in shops, together with tho Committee of the Tailoresses' Union, was held iu the Young Women's Rooms, Moray place, last night. Sixteen master tailors wero present, and Mr Sinclair was voted to the chair. A motion was proposed by Mr Wood and seconded by Mr Young—" That the Press be excluded" ; but a counter-motion to the effect that the Press be admitted was carried. The statement of wages to be paid to tailoresses employed in shops paying weekly wages was considered, and after a deal of discussion, during which one or two compromises were arrived at, it was finally Bettled as follows :

Machinists (per week). —First clabs, 30a; Bccond class, 255; assistant, 17s 6d, with a graduated rise of 2s 6d per week every six montliß.

(Joat, Vest, and Trousers Hands (per week). —First class, 30s ; second class, 25a; third class, 21s, with a graduated rise of 2s 6d per week every six months. Apprentices.—When less than three hands are employed in any shop only one apprentice, or improver, to be allowed, and an extra apprentice or improver to every additional three hands, the said hands to be fully employed. When improvers are taken on at less than the above rates they shall have an advance of at least <U per week every six months until the minimum rate bs attained.

Any machinists working for over twelve hands, or an average (apprentices not to be included for the first sis months), shall receive at least 30s, and all machinists, if necessary, shall fill in their time wi hj hand sewing. All work to be done in the shops.

The following terms of apprenticeship are te be served :—Ooats, 3 years; vests, 2 years; trousers, 2 years. Masters muat elect -which log (weekly wage or piecework) they shall work tinder, and the agreement shall be binding on both parties for twelve montbß,

The meeting was then adjourned till Thursday night, when the rules for the shops paying by piecework will be considered. A vote of thanks was accorded the chairman.

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THE CLOTHING TRADE., Issue 8021, 25 September 1889

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THE CLOTHING TRADE. Issue 8021, 25 September 1889

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