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NOT A DAY TOO SOON.

TO THE EDITOB. Sib,—l observe by last night's issue of your paper that the journeymen tailors have called a meeting for Monday evening to consider matters in connection with the trade. lam surprised that this has not been done at an earlier date. If protection for kindred societies is good, the journeymen tailors have been too dilatory in taking steps for their protection, as they have allowed the master tailors almost to banish them from their shops by employing tailoresses to do their work. Especially is this so in one part of the City. Now, sir, this would not be so unjust providing their charges were according. But when they boast of the skilled hands they employ and the high rate of wages they pay, and yet charge their customers prices equal to prices charged where first-class tailoring is carried on (thus pocketing the large profit), whilst journeymen with families dependent on them are walking about idle, only getting a job now and again, scarcely earning sufficient to keep the wolf from the door—this is not as it should be in a city like Dunedin.

I would suggest that at the meeting on Monday it be ascertained how many journeymen, how many tailoresses, and how many improvers are employed in every shop; that every shop not employing a certain number of journeymen should be designatsd a factory. I would urge upon the tailors to unite together in every matter in connection with their trade. I have no doubt that the same sympathy will be shown to them as was to the tailoresses by the public.—lam, etc., A Sdppoetek. Dunedin, October 11.

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NOT A DAY TOO SOON., Issue 8037, 14 October 1889

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NOT A DAY TOO SOON. Issue 8037, 14 October 1889

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