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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— Having read so much lately in your public Press with reference to unions, of which I am a great sympathiser, I take this opportunity to call public attention to what I consider, if not "breaches of discipline," "gross breaches of faith." If discipline is to bo maintained in our local factories I think if the manufacturers are notified by the Union to post logs in their respective factories, the Union ought to take steps to see that this is done. I am informed, on reliable authority, that one shirt factory in North Dunedin and a hosiery factory have not complied with this order, if such order exists, which I have reason to beMeve does exist, as some of the factories have it. I am further informed that work is not allowed to be given out by manufacturers under the rules. Now, sir, in my walks on Saturday I saw some young women leaving one of these factories about 2.30 p.m. with large bundles, which I concluded contained work to be done at home, which means the sweating system, of which we have heard so much about. I was further convinced that I was correct by seeing one girl return to the same factory on Monday morning with a similar bundle, which, I thiuk, confirms my statement as to the work being done outside. Again, 1 am informed that the Roslyn Mills have not yet joined the Union, and are working under non- Union rules, and that their prices are, in many instances, for hoisery making, considerably under the Union log prices. Now, sir, if any fair play is to be given to manufacturers who have submitted to the rules laid down by the Union, it must bo by compelling all to submit to them ; and if anything is to be done I think it is time the Union was taking steps to have it done at once.—l am, etc., Observer. Dunedin, October 29.

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TAILORESSES' UNION., Evening Star, Issue 8051, 30 October 1889

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TAILORESSES' UNION. Evening Star, Issue 8051, 30 October 1889