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Some time ago we mentioned the matter of a dispute between the operative tailors an d master tailors of this City regarding various details affecting the workers. . In their first formulated claim the workers demanded a minimum wage of 10s per day of eight hours. A conference between representatives of the society and the master tailors ;was held, with the result that the eight-hour day was conceded by. the masters, and the society agreed to the minimum weekly wage being fixed at £2 10s. On these two points wo understand there is now no dispute. On the, others, however, no compromise has beep arrived at, and the Dunedin Operative'Tailors’ Society have lodged with the clerk of awards, Mr G. A. King, a reference to the Board of Conciliation. Tho names of twenty-three tailoring firms are set out in the reference, and the demands include that apprentices after a three months’ trial shall be indentured for five years, only one weekly wage man to be employed in each-shop, members of the union to have the pre-emptive right of employment, and where females are employed they must make and press their own work. wages and hours ■ of labor paragraphs are includeffas amended by the conference, but it is understood they will be agreed to without discussion. In addition to the matters above-mentioned, the log Is to be considered, Tbis'is likely to be very complicated, inasmuch os it involves the two factory and the two shop logs which are at present, recognised and being worked under. The dispute' is to - be heard and considered by the Conciliation Board on Monday next, October 4, at half-past two.

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WORK AND WAGES., Issue 10431, 28 September 1897

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WORK AND WAGES. Issue 10431, 28 September 1897

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