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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— Some time ago the tailoresses formed a union, and, taking action, struck—or at least made demands of the employers for their rights. After some amicable negotiations they obtained them. But there is yet among us a class of young girls who are subjected to abuses. I refer to the dressmakers and milliners. On interrogating a number of them I find the following statements to be pretty near the case :—On entering what is termed their apprenticeship they are supposed—nay, it is incumbent on them—to be well and respectably dressed, and to be at work at the proper hours. For one year the wages are nil, and at the end of that year it is supposed that their pay of half a crown a week is to commence. But most generally

a month passes before the girl gets her first pay. During this year she gets what is termed holidays, often extending, or at all events accumulating, to three or four months at the end of the second year, during which their wages may have amounted to L 3 10s or L 4, but another deduction of 10s or 12s 6d takes place. Now comes payment, £s a week, with a repetition of the former year’s holidays, and for years and years their wages never reach 15s a week.

I ask, how can a girl possibly support herself on such a pittance ? Sir, will some of those large-hearted and philanthropic gentlemen who championed the tailoresses how lend us poor slaves a helping hand.—l am, etc., A Worker. Dunedin, October 11.

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A REASON FOR STRIKES., Issue 8035, 11 October 1889

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A REASON FOR STRIKES. Issue 8035, 11 October 1889

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