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Dairy Factory Workers

W. Downie, Wancamaire, writes that tho workers in (lie dairy facto , ies are determined, now that the Losses are oppoeesl io conciliation in Die settlement ol conditions, to force some attention to their demands. In order to organise their opinion and to give them all an eppoztunity of discussing ways and means of hrmging ihe losses to a more reasonable frame of mind lit- .suggests iIKMi an organiser he sent inio tho disl r ic(_ He calls on the .HiiiuiWiiiu (i,;iry factory v\orkers to

id'A into liiie and io co-operate with those in ihc YVairaxapu for liie purpose of compelling the <jmiJoyers to concede satisfactory conditions before !ho season soes much furthtr. 'i'ne Mead Ol'ice lVas instrucfod Orgiuiitor J. Townstnd to proceed lc ihe Wainvapa, and to lake the steps Jie considers ativiaabio to olAaiii Hie best immediate rosirts:

L. G. Baucke, )li:kanni, writes: —"in ihis week's i.'Tvc of '"he WorLci' 1 notice an ariic)-: from Mr. Downie of iMansaiiiairc. 1 (ion't.toow, coiiirade very well —1 iiave only spoken to him a U\. times on .Union ?naticrs—but I (io know the touditioi.s he ia'workins under, the surroundings v.i) thercj aiid the company for which he toils. 1 rndo-se his statements. I Iworkeit for tho tiiime company myst-H" (Rcrcdalo) v few years a'io and eontlitions vere just (lie Kiimc then, and sucuiingly are likely to continue bo until the factory workers spring to their heels, get busy- and organise themselves into an intelligent body of workers. This HexOale Co. is a- six vat cheese factory established some years ago, j.ihl from that time it has done nothing to make easy conditions for its employees. When 1 worked there the company employed five assistants and we lived in a wluve of four small roome. and since then, I am told, (his wliaie lias been expected to accomoilate six men.

I have put in a couple of seasons myself cheese making, and it's no joke when under bad conditions, and ray (opinion :s that if some companies while the prevent system lasts, can make things a bit comfortable for the workers the others ought to be able vi do the same, and n is our duty to pull together to compel them -to do so. Don'i wait for the other man to move, i?et busy, and be doing. is my advice to the workers in the dairy factories.

1 may say that.. I am working this season fcv , ' the Hukanui Dairy Co. (cheese factory) and I may mention there is room for improvement here as well, both in wages and conditions, so once again 111 i.-c with the dairy workers, and I'm ready to help in their struggle. I join with 'Mr. Downie in saying that a. meeting should be held and something done. So wake up you dairy factory toilers, and do. something, and the sooner the better/ .

Another aspr-'ct of the T.uttec , question is sent in by a member writing from Manuwerp., AucHland, who says:

I"I think the Welfare League deserves : credit in thut it regards the State as having a right to regulate the export ■of produce in the interests of the welfare of the poeiilo, and in that in the endeavour to do Justice to loth producer and consumer , it considers the interests'of tho community as coming fr.'st. I approve of the altitude of the Welfare Leage when if contends that the health oi" our people is a prime consideration,, an/! that the wcllbeing of the mothers and children should be preferred to the upholding of mere economic or trade theories.

Already ihr 'povcrty-Mtviclien cockies' or otherwise the "economic bush-

vangers' say another war is required \o draw the workers' attention from striking to 'winning the war," and in the event of the watersiders and seamen refusing to \vo ; "Jc butter if the price is increased, they say ihey will load it tlTemselves and take Vie boats three miles out, when, according to their estimation, the seamen will either have to work the boats or be held, to to mutineers.

A. A. Jarlov, Matawai, -utrites that the Gishorne timber worker members of; the N.55.W.U. are strongly opposed to ■ their registration under the Arbitration Act.

J. W. Tonks, Ashburton, writes to say that J. Moore, Ashburton, to whom he issued a ticket last year, hut who has not yet paid for it, is complaining that he has reeer/ed no Worker. (The Head Office explains that ijo Worker slip for this season has been received from J. Moore, and that hie last slip expired on February, 1919.) A. Strachan, Jtangataua, acknowledges receipt of instruction that he has been appointed organiser for the coming season, and asks for direction as to which districts he will have to work in, W. F. Dengate, Mangatapu, itotorua Line, repeats his request for an Organiser, and urges swift compliance so that he may help while on the job. "It Bcoma certain that I will have to seek a new master soon unless something unforeseen hounens. I can feel it in the frosty air," lie says.

A. J. Middleiniss, Gore, who has been appointed afj organiser for the coming season slates Hint he will be ready to start about 1. o- beginning of November. '.He .reports that Steve Borehain had'a-'splendid meeting in 3ore on the 4ih of this month. Steve also addressed ..Ove meeting of the Threshing "Mill Workers' Union. This Union decided to. change Hβ headquarters* from Gore to Dunedin l»y f) 'vote of 50 to 10,

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Dairy Factory Workers, Maoriland Worker, Volume 11, Issue 193, 29 September 1920

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Dairy Factory Workers Maoriland Worker, Volume 11, Issue 193, 29 September 1920

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