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The weekly meeting of the Benevolent Trustees was held this afternoon, when there were present—Messrs A. Solomon (chairman), C. Allan, R. Wilson, R, Watson, James Hazlett, P. Miller, and J. Green. ; ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to. £97 3s were passed for payment. CORRESPONDENCE. An anonymous letter was received alleging that a woman who was receiving 2s 6d a week was imposing on the Trustees, as she had money in the Bank.—The Chairman stated that he had questioned the woman on the subject, but could get no satisfactory replies from her.—Under the circumstances it was resolved to discontinue the allowance for the future. WAGES OF CO-OPERATIVE WORKERS. The Chairman said that he had made some inquiries into what Mr Green had said at the last meeting with reference to none of the wages of men employed by the Government on co-operative works not being retained and paid over to the wives. Ho had ascertained that it was a condition of the employment of the men by the Government on these works that in the case of every married man one-half of his wages shall be paid to him and the other half shall be retained by the Government and paid over to his wife, or otherwise applied for the support of his wife and family as the Government may think fit. Although this refers to every married man, it was onlycarried out in Dunedin in cases when Mr Farnie or Mr Black (of the Public Works Office) or Mr Darton (of the Survey Office) thougl t it necessary, or when the wives complain. No money had been deducted, so far as Mr Farnie knew, for the past two months. He (Mr Farnie) considered that deductions were made in the oases of about 10 per cent, of the men employed. Mr Darton was not making any deductions at present, and had not made any for the past three months. He only made deductions on Mr Farnie’s recommendation. According to Mr Black there were about 100 men employed by the Public Works Office, and no deduction wae being made in the case of : any of them. He also makes deductions when asked to do so by Mr Farnie, or when he knows the man ia a bad lot. There were about 267 men at present employed on co-operative works. It was quite clear that if the Government regulations were carried out there would be nd reason for complaint. —M r would have a great deal less to pay.—Mr Allan : Our duty would be to give no assistance in cases where the husband is employed on the Government works.—The Chairman suggested that they should draw the attention of the Minister of Labor to the matter, and ask that the evident intentions of the Legislature should he carried out.— Mr Hazlett said the intentions of the Act were good, but its administration was bad j in this particular, any way. What the Ohairjnan had said showed that Mr Green was quite correct in making the statement he did.—lt was ultimately deoided to call the attention of the Minister of. Labor to the fact that the co-operative works’ provisions were not being carried out. ■'

BELIEF OASES. The relief oases, of which forty-seven had been set down for consideration, were then dealt with. ■

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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES. Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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