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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 11. 1965.

No Holidays

No Holidays

At first he had not been allocated any holidays. After some argument, he was granted two weeks a year, the holiday period allocated to New Zealanders.

He asked for two hours a day for university study, he said, but this had not been granted. A similar request for one hour a day had also been refused.

He said he passed his professional exams after studying every night after work, and in 1964 was transferred to Wellington, where he continued to fight for study time.

He eventually had been granted four hours a week to study at Victoria and had passed two units (both of which were directly relevant to his work) at the end of the year, as well as his professional exams, for which he had continued to study.

He said public servants doing exactly the same work as himself were paid about £20 a week. He was receiving his weekly allowance of £8/15/-.

At the beginning of 1964 he had asked for either a public servant's salary or an increased allowance, as he wished to be paid in accordance with his work.

At home he was paid about £17, a high wage in his country.