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A SERVANT GIRLS’ UNION WANTED.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— Now that the Rev. R. Waddell and the other gentlemen who worked with him have been successful in gettingsomethingdoue for the sewing girls, permit me to urge upon their consideration the claims of a class whose case still more urgently requires relief— i.c., the servant girls. Compare the position of the two classes. The sewing girls have fair pay, comparatively short hours, light and clean work, a union to look after their interests, and plenty of time for mental culture or amusement; while the servants have smaller pay, outrageously long hours (in many cases from 5 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m.), dirtier work, no union, and barely enough time to mend their clothes or do their shopping, reading or amusement being out of the question, also to be looked upon and treated as a sort of inferior animal by mistresses, many of whom were servants themselves previous to marriage. Why should one kind of labor be protected and not another ? or can it be wondered at that girls religiously shun domestic service ? The Presbyterian Synod last year denounced the sweating system, apparently oblivious of the fact that some of the members were guilty of the same thing themselves to a certain extent. Instead of paying for board and lodging, they accept the hospitality of anybody who will receive them, quite regardless of the additional labor their presence causes to many already overworked servants. They would do well to study and act upon the portion of Scripture contained in Matthew vii,, 3-5. Hoping some abler pen will take up the matter—l am, etc. A Servant. Dunedin, October 31.

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A SERVANT GIRLS’ UNION WANTED., Issue 8054, 2 November 1889, Supplement

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A SERVANT GIRLS’ UNION WANTED. Issue 8054, 2 November 1889, Supplement

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