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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Fleming and Gilkison. Invercargill, 16th January, 1891

Fleming and Gilkison.


The deputation in the first instance waited upon Mr. Gilkison, who affirmed that he had no objection to the introduction of the eight hours system. The rules which had been forwarded him he thought would have to be modified, as some men were worth more than others. He would carry out the system if other millers did so, and could see no objection. There was to be a meeting of millowners shortly, and the matter would come up. The idea of delegates from either side to meet and act in the affair was a good one. Mr. Fleming at this juncture entered the room and took up the conversation. He stated that he believed in the system. Thought millers should have the eight hours as well as other trades. "Indeed," he added "it must come sooner or later." He felt for men working twelve hours on a night shift. Would give the system his support, but it must be general. The firm knew that the country mills were often pushed for water. The Saturday half holiday would hardly work, as that day was a busy one for farmers.

The deputation, after further expressions of a favourable nature from Mr. Gilkison and Mr Fleming, withdrew.