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THE TAILORS' DISPUTE. The adjourned sitting of the Conciliation B.iard to inquire into the Dunedin tailoring trade dispute was held in the Suprenift Cjurt this afternoon. The members of the Board present were Messrs W. A. Sim (chairman), G. L. Sise, and R. Ferguson. Mr Wilson (representing the union) said the" union had decided that they eould not accept the recommendations of the Board. They agreed to the proportion of apprentices being one for the tir9t lour men or any less number, but thought it should be two to eight, not two to five. They agreed to the recommendation as to unionism and the minimum wage, but- could not agree to the recommendation with regard to the day wage. The union adhered to their former resolution that one dajwage man be allowed to each shop, the wage men to have charge of the apprentices and permanent assistants. Then, with regard to the hours of labor, they could not agree to that. The union maintained that forty-four hours was sufficient for a tailor to work. They could not accept- the clause with reference to the employment of females. He might say that the union were unanimous on the question, and there was no chance of a settlement being arranged. The Chairman said the Board would report that they were unable to settle the dispute, and the matter would be referred to the Arbitration Court. That ended the matter so far as the Conciliation Board were concerned. Mr Crombie said Mr Wilson might read the letter from the master tailors. Mr Wilson said he had received a letter from the master tailors. Immediately after the sitting of the Board the union held a meeting, and the opinion Ijo had expressed was unanimously passed by the union. They forwarded their decision to the masters, and received the following letter from Mr T. Jenkins, acting-secretary for the mastertailors:— " At. a meeting of master tailors, held this evening (October 25), the following resolution was carried unanimously: ' While adhering to the statements made by us before the Conciliation Board we are prepared, as a compromise, to accept the Conciliation Board's award.' In the face of this resolution we consider that a conference would be practically useless. We feel very sorry that your society cannot see its way to accept the award also, as we consider it a air compromise." The Board then adjourned.

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CONCILIATION BOARD, Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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CONCILIATION BOARD Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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