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Monday, 5 June 1939

If that is so, why does Hatcraft Proprietary Limited refuse to allow an inspection of its premises by union representatives ? If award rates and conditions are being observed, what has it to bc afraid of? It would appear either that this firm and the inspecting officers are acting in collusion, or that the inspecting officers are ignorant of the manufacturing process.

The fifth question was -

How many journeymen felt hatters are in the employ of Hatcraft Proprietary Limited?

The answer furnished was, " Ten ". That answer is incorrect; evidently it is intended to protect this firm. The Department -of Defence stands convicted on. its own admission, because this firm employs only three journeymen felt hatters and has never had more than three in its employ. These are the only men who are entitled to work on the skilled branches of the trade. This answer calls for a departmental inquiry, for the Minister must now be convinced that the charges laid by the union are correct. He should investigate this deliberate lie.

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