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WELLINGTON. September 16.

According to the reports in the ' Labor Journal' Auckland and Cbristchurch are the only places where there are many unemployed at present. In Wellington and Dunedin tho number has muoh decreased, and in most of the ocher towns there are very few idle men. The Survey Department employs 1,655 men and the' Public Works 1.057. During the month 214 unemployed were assisted by the Labor Department.

The Wellington Conciliation Board's award in the furniture trade dispute is practically in favor of the masters. The proportion of apprentices is fixed at one to three men, and an extra boy is allowed in some branches of the trade. The Board refused to abolish piecework, and fixed 'the minimum wage at 8s instead of 10s per day. A clause wa3 inserted providing that masters shall not discriminate against members of the union, or in engaging or discharging hands, or in the conduct of their business do anything to injure the union. The agreement has to be signed by both parties in fourteen days, or the award will be null. Messrs Collins and Fisher, the two labor representatives on the Board, withdrew before the award was finally agreed upon, as they objected to the other members? attitude towards piecework and iu fixing the minimum at Bs.

• A meeting of the Labor Day Art Union Committee was held in the Trades Hall last evening, when it was decided to open a shop at the end of the week for the purpose of exhibiting the prises and selling the tickets, where the public will be supplied with firstclass music afternoon and evening.

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WORK AND WAGES., Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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WORK AND WAGES. Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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