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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 6 (October 24, 1926)


I have asked that all concerned should not be hasty in their judgment of the premium system. I did this purposely, just the same as I am explaining the system in its details, piece by piece, so that it will be discussed and understood. If not understood, I hope every question is being written down so that when the time for discussion comes, not one question will be overlooked.

This opportunity for discussion will come, and it might be mentioned that Workshop Committee business includes this subject.

Progress and modern methods have developed systems of wage payments, just the same as modern machinery has evolved from its ancient counterpart. This is to be seen in every phase of our existence unless we refuse to see.

Therefore, to be fair, you can't say the “Premium System” is “no good” because the Piecework system of 10 or 20 years ago was “no good.” I say myself that that was “no good” and I worked under it myself, in England. So let's carry on.