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Thursday, 17 March 1932

In connexion with your tender for Engineers' stores,I shall be glad if you will favour me with a statutory declaration that in your business you do not employ other than union labour;' that you do not work your employees more than 44-hours per week and that where you engage your employees under a Commonwealth award or awards which provide for a 48-hour week, you pay such employees for a full week although the employees work only 44-hours per week.

This declaration will of course cover all your employees without exception.

Yours faithfully,

A.   Berckelman, Chairman.

That men willing to work are not allowed to do so is one of the reasons why New South Wales is to-day in such a deplorable state.

I submit my suggestion to the Government in the hope that it will be carefully considered, along with other suggestions, for I believe that by settling the unemployed on small holdings, which are not necessarily living areas, we shall do much to solve the pressing problem confronting this country.

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