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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4



To carry out the foregoing, or any revised scheme on similar lines: The Executive to meet and approve the same. To have sufficient copies printed and sent to the Branches for distribution among the members. To invite the said Branches to call meetings of their members to discuss the proposals and adopt them if approved, or to make such amendments as they may think necessary. Each Branch to report the result to the Executive on or before a date to be fixed. The failure of any Branch to respond to be taken as indicating that assent is given to the propositions in globo. If the majority of Branches are favorable to the scheme, the Executive, after considering any objections, and, if worthy and practicable, adopting them, shall forthwith proceed to put the Regulations into force: (1) By inviting the Branches to proceed forthwith, in the manner previously indicated, with the appointment of Boards of Examiners. Such Boards to be requested to meet, examine all claims from journeymen for Certificates, and report to the Executive upon each claim, recommending the class of Certificate to be given. Upon receipt of the Board's reports the Supreme Council shall issue Certificates to Members; but in no case shall a Certificate be granted until the Registration fee of £1 is paid. (2) By sending to every known Master Printer in the Colony a list of recognized certificated printers, with a copy of the adopted Regulations, asking each one's co-operation in carrying them out, pointing out as briefly as possible the fact that they have been passed with a view to foster the best interests of both parties; especially drawing attention to the Apprentices' Regulations. And any other remarks the Executive may think necessary. (3) By requesting the Branches to invite Apprentices to send in applications to the examining Boards for classification as recognized Society apprentices; at the same time pointing out to them the necessity for prompt action if they desire to become certificated printers. And simultaneously to request the Examining Boards, by such means as they think proper, to classify such apprentices with as little delay as possible. Society representatives in offices might be asked to interview the boys and explain the matter to them. (4) By requesting the Examining Boards to make arrangements for examinations as early as possible in the year 189-. (5) By having a Register Book prepared, and Certificates printed on parchment as follows:

Typographical Society of New Zealand.

Whereas by the powers vested in the Executive Council of the Typographical Society of New Zealand by the Members thereof to grant Certificates of Competency to Printers,

And Whereas ............ has satisfied the Board of Examiners at ......... that he is a competent workman,

This is to Certify that the said .......... has been duly admitted by the Executive Council of the Society to the Degree of Class Printer.

Given under our hands this ...... day of 189..

......... Chairman.

......... Secretary.


(6) By having a Register-Book prepared, and Apprentices' Certificates printed on stout paper, as below:

Typographical Society of New Zealand.

This is to Certify that ............. has passed the Examination as a .......... Year Apprentice.

........ Chairman Examining Board.

........ 189..

N.B.—This Certificate must be produced to the Supervisor before sitting for a subsequent Examination.

Chairmen of Boards should be requested to send the names and grades of passed apprentices, for registration by the Executive Council. (7) By preparing and publishing a list of fair offices into which recognized Society apprentices are allowed to be taken as vacancies occur, supplementing the list from time to time as needs require. By giving the greatest possible publicity to the facts that after 1st January, 189-, on no pretext whatever will youths be recognized or classified from outside offices; neither will they be rated as Certificated Compositors when of age; and that no turnovers nor improvers can be taken into Society offices from unrecognized offices. That no boys over fifteen years of age can be taken as apprentices into Society offices. Provided always that the Supreme Executive Council shall have discretionary powers in exceptional cases where injustice may be done to an individual through no fault of his own; but that in no case shall an admission be allowed, either as journeyman or apprentice, without examination and favorable report from the Examining Board of the District. Further, the Executive may inflict a penalty on admission if it be proved that carelessness on the part of the applicant is a part of the cause. In cases of exceptional admission, the facts should be briefly stated in the Register of Printers. (8) As to carry out the foregoing honestly will involve a large amount of extra clerical and other labor, a paid officer should be appointed to initiate the movement. After (say) the first year, the duties might be amalgamated with those of the Executive Secretary. (9) That powers be sought from Parliament to have the regulations recognized in the Trades and Labor legislation, thereby giving them the force of law.