WHAT NEW ZEALAND WORKERS WANT.
Mr Chapman. a Socialist, who came to Mew Zealand two years ago, has contributed an article to the Labour Leader, London, in the course of which he remarks :—• “What the workers desire is that there shall be less delay in the hearing of cases by the Arbitration Court and that a greater share of the wealth produced by them shall become their own. At present—and the proposed amendments are scarcely likely to affect the position delay is very irritating. Cases have been held up for two years before a settlement has been effected, and twelve months is quite an ordinary time to elapse between the preparing and actual settlement of a dispute. With improved machinery prooably this cause of dissatisfaction can he removed-. The latter part of the desire is on that appear s to me impossible of gratification so long as methods at present followed are allowed to continue. Increased wages- are invariably followed by increased prices, therefore other means must be found to secure to the workers the fruits of their labour. What those means shall bo are known to the members of the British Labour party to whom this article is addressed, and slowly, hut surely, the workers of Mew Zealand and the workers of the whole civilised world are beginning to realise that in Socialism alone can there be any real escape from the evils of capitalism. The weight of rent, interest, dividends—in short, profit-mongering—is too heavy. We want you to live on profit to get off our backs. That, now, is the demand of the Mew Zealand worker, although as yet he has not learnt that as soon as he asserts himself the burden will fall on him.”-
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Labour Notes, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907
Labour Notes Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907
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