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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Dunedin, 4th February 1891. Mr. D. Orme, General Secretary United Millers, Engine-drivers, and Mill Employees' Union

Dunedin,

Mr. D. Orme,

General Secretary United Millers, Engine-drivers, and Mill Employees' Union.

Dear Sir—A meeting of my Association was held this afternoon, and I was instructed to write to you for the purpose of asking you to forward me a list of the names of those millers who have signified their willingness to adopt the eight hours system. As you say nothing about the millers in the North Island, would you let me know if you have visited them also. For, unless the system is adopted throughout both Islands, those who adopt it will be at a disadvantage and the old arrangements will have to be reverted to. Two of the millers present at our meeting stated that they never saw your delegates, and we know of several others. It seems a pity that they did not see all the millers personally, they certainly called at nearly every mill, I believe, but the employees can hardly express the opinions of a master.

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My Association think that you are hardly acting fairly to them in putting the onus of a refusal to agree to the eight hours system upon them only. To do the thing properly it would be necessary to have delegates from the North Island also, for we have to compete with them in business and wish to be placed on an equal footing.

As the further consideration of the question has been deferred till the 19th inst. when we have our usual monthly meeting, would you kindly let me have all the information at your command before that date.

Yours faithfully,

William J. Love, Secretary,

Otago and Southland Millers' Association.