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: A meeting of those favorable to the formation of an Industrial Association for Otaeo was held in the Chamber of Commerce thfe afternoon,/when there were about a dozen gentlemen. present. The convener:of the lie chair W " Kem P bhorDe > occupied, : Tbe Chairman, in his opening remarks, said it was proposed to form an Otaso Industrial Association on lines similar to" those of Wellington and Canterbury, so that there might be uniformity of rules and ao >T° n * r, The - e waa in existence in Dunedin a New Zealand Manufacturers' Association, and it would be well to wind up that almost defunct Association and merge it.into this new one. If Dunedin was to hold its pride of place as a commercial and industrial centre, it wa.3 necessary that an association of this kind Bhouid be formed, for it was only by huch a combination that fair representation could be obtained. The labor people had their organisations in the shape of unions and societies! and if proper representation was to be obtained both sides must be organised, for the mutual good of employer and employed. A deputation from the Canterbury Association had waited upon the Manufacturers' Association and had explained the objects and benefits of their organisation. The\Association went carefully through the rules of the Canter-, bury Association, and then sent out 300 circulars to the business men in and around Dunedin, asking them to join an Ocago Industrial Association. In response to those '3OO circulars, four replies were received. A paid canvasser was then employed, posted up with all the necessary data, provided with a copy of the rules, and sent round the town to make a thorough canvass. As a result of this twenty additional members were obtained. At the present time thirtyonegentleinen had signified their intention of joining the Association, and these included eight of the Manufacturers' Association. One great benefit of these associations was that exhibitions were to be held in one of the four centres each year. Two years ago the Canterbury Association held an industrial exhibition and netted £2,000 by it. In Wellington last year the Association's exhibition was also a great success, a profit of from £1,500 to £2,000 being derived. There was no reason why the same result should not be obtained in Due* edin. Next year was a very favorable time for holding an exhibition, that being the jubilee year of the province, and if •it were held at the same time -as the A. and P. Society's winter Bhow he was sure it would be a great success. He thought it would be a great misfortune if an association was not formed in Dunedin. : Mr P. R. SAiiGOODsaid that he had just received word from Invercargill that in that place the proposal to form an industrial association had been taken up very spiritedly. He advocated that the Association should not be confined to employers, but should include all classes of industry.' Mr John Mitchell moved—" That this meeting stand adjourned." It was evident from the small amount of enthusia m manifested that they were not ready for the formation of an industrial association. When the public Baw in the Press how little interest had been taken they might be aroused to take definite action. Mr R. F. Smith moved—" That the meeting form itself into an industrial association, ou similar lines to those of Canterbury and Wellington." Mr A. Gillies seconded the motion. On the suggestion of the Chairman the motion was carried in the following form : "That these thirty-one gentlemen form themselves into a committee to meet oh Wednesday next, November 17, at three o'clock, and take the necessary Bteps to form an industrial association." After some discussion as to whether employe"j should be admitted to membership in the Association, it was resolved, on the motion of Mr A. Bubt, seconded by Mr R. Glendining—" That the Association be purely industrial, and be oarried out on the same lines as the Associatioi ■ in Canterbury and Wellington." The general opinion expressed was that the Association should not be in any way antagonistic to the workitg people or be regarded as an employers' association. A vote of thanks to the chairman termi* nated the proceedings.

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PROPOSED INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION., Evening Star, Issue 10467, 10 November 1897

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PROPOSED INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION. Evening Star, Issue 10467, 10 November 1897