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At the 27th annual meeting of the boot employees of f.anrnm:. Rom, and Ewen’s Sick Benefit Society an ini creating statement of receipts and expenditure was submitted for the past 27 years, and it was derided to bring tinder the notice of the workers in Dunedin the following st-1 erun t -V connection with this society, showing how successful it had been since its formation : There is no doubt there is a great need for sick benefit s.crirlnv in ev. ry factory or trade thronghour 'bo City, and those workers who b-lot-g to anv of the few there are in Bum din will testify to tlHr useful o? 1 . in their h-lnfub-mss in time rj "irk' and to their cheapness. Lot ns take a society that has been in existence 27 years—namely, the Boot Employ-os of Fargood, Son. and Ewen’s Sick Ik nefii Society. Hero are n few facts: It lies received in subscriptions sine.' ii.« iintention £-1,171 0.-, F’d ; it lias paid out >n sick pnv. fin-oral claims, and mnml . £2,368 ]fis nil: and has rH tinted to its

i members in dividends £1 .‘Of) 18s Id. I The society is entirely self-snpnoMinp:, > and only once in its annual hnlanc--1 sheets has it shown a deficit, and only j twice Ims it been nimble Hi return to : its members a div : d"i.d. Tim mcrWR | pay in three grades—fid. Id. and 2d - per week'. Those ( net ribn; inl’d ro- ■ i ceive whilst sick LY, per week f"r 13 i weeks, Bis per week for th- f-cond 13 j weeks, (is p-r week aftcrw ■:ds for six | months. Those paying -Id per w-'ck | receive for the same periods 10s 7s. j and -is; and at the 2d rate .*••• per week ■for 13 weeks and 3; oor week ai'terI wards for nine month a. Tim fnnerd , benefit for the three grad-e- T GDI. 2C, ; and ,-C-L Atoivhrrn leering the fnciory ; during t l 'o ye"r receive iV-'r due nro- ; portion of profit' then 'trading to the ! credit of the soemtv. SD n-ie can see j how beneficial such soi-miDs nro in i insuring against sickness and accidents, j and that they dumb! he in;,do more j widely known to the workers. They minimise to a great erle-.t the neeesi sity of raid eg siibserinticr - for the s relief of workers who have fall m rick : and where, as in me< r eases, members ( belong to one of the ma;iv friendly I societies in Dunadii: tho eogthined I benefits prove a great help. Of eotvre. j one cannot , guar,Tito - tha I ev»rv j society would nlwavs pc,;; a dividend, because in some irides the risks to i sickness and accidents rr* greater limn I in others, so that in '-very <-oeiel v it j will he found the dividend ’■cries from year to year, Fiargood’s divid-ml this ! year was half tlm arnonnl p ’id in. To ; those who paid in 23s 12s (id was nj fnmlod. The previous year 18s was { returned, and in other years it* has I varied from nothing nn to am) ov-r 21. Why should the workers in Dnnodl.. rot ■ co-operate in tins direct ion y In ■ America these societies are verv poniiI lar. and th.ev vnrv in memlmr'liio .■'rom ’as low as 2 f ) nn to mis, b< < on--1 clnrion. any Imd ■of •v'*-’-- d ;.J forming a sick benefit sr.ei-ly in j Dunedin eon 1-1 rest as in- -I 1 1 ,■ ■ t ri ; present soeielicn here wonid be only I ton pleased to assist them in it- foination.

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SICK BENEFIT SOCIETY, Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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SICK BENEFIT SOCIETY Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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