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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

[Eight hours system introduced in Christchurch]

While this correspondence was passing the eight hours system was introduced in the Riccarton mills, Christchurch, and a little later in the Canterbury mill, Ashburton. It was believed from the resolutions passed by the N.Z. Millers' Association, and the Otago and Southland Miller's Association, that the eight hours system would become general in their mills at the new year; however, such was not the case, as only another mill was added to the list of eight hour mills (the Belford Milling Co., Timaru) after the advent of 1891.

It was resolved, in consequence, to send two delegates to visit mill-owners personally on this matter. Mr. F. J. Bidmead, Secretary of the Canterbury Trades and Labour Council, and Mr. William Houston, President of the Timaru Branch, were chosen. The following is their report:—