DRIVERS’ UNION SMOKE SOCIAL.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —Reference has on several occasions been made in the * Star ’ to tho action of the Trade* Hall Board of Trust- in refusing the Dunedin Drivers’ Union permission to hold <v smoke social in the Trades Hall. The action of the board referred to is hot a natter which need concern the public generally, and were it not for the statement made by the president of tho Drivers’ Union at Mr" Maguire’s meeting on Thursday last I should not have troubled vou uilTt this letter. Mr Watt's statement that the hoard of trust allowed others to have liquor but refused tho Drivers’ Union is incorrect, however ; therefore it is necessary I should explain the position so that there will be no misunderstanding. - In the Trades Hali there are seven rooms which are used for meetings cf unions. In addition there is the main hall, capable of holding 200 people, which is used principally for public meetings, church services, and* dancing classes, but as the only other room largo enough to accommodate the drivers is engaged by other unions on Friday, they have for some lime past bean given the use of the main hall for their general meetings: On several occasions smoke socials were held in this hall, but as the lidding of these functions interfered with tho letting of tho hall for the other purposes it was decided about six years ago nob to allow liquor to be introduced to that part of the building. The rule appl'ed particularly to this hall—the one in which tire dripers wished to hold their smoke social. The Trades Hall is a plate for unions to hold their meetings, hut it is nob part of the functions of a union to hold smoke concerts; therefore tho unions have no claim to the use of the rooms for such purposes without receiving permission. The board of trust are not ccneemed about- the question of License or No-license. 'Their business is to manage the Trades Hall on business lines in the interest of the owners of the building, and in doing so all unions are treated alike. If tho board had to trust solely to union meetings for their revenue the building would bo run at a Joss, and in order to prevent a loss it is necessary _ to cater for ethers outside trade union circles. That being so, those tenants have the right to receive the same consideration as the unions meeting in the building. The Dunedin Drivers' Union have received the some consideration as other unions, and so far as the board of trust are concerned will continue to do so.—l am, etc., R. Breen - , Secretary. November 2.
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DRIVERS’ UNION SMOKE SOCIAL., Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914