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Item SMA_SR-2015-024 - Newspaper Article - 20 February 1914 - on employment of Chinese

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Sidney and Islands Review, "The Labor Question", 20 February 1914, Page 4.

"The Labor Question
The decision of the Sidney Island Brick and Tile Company, one of our local industries, to employ in future white labor only will be greeted by a good deal of satisfaction in the town of Sidney, and more especially by the business men. This step has not been taken without due consideration and only after a thorough investigation of both white and Oriential labor. After summing up the results of these tests the management have come to the laudable conclusion that the employment of white labor, both in the pits and yards is a good deal cheaper and more satisfactory in the long run.
This is a step in the right direction and one that means much to the future prosperity of our growing town, and it is to be hoped that the other industries located in our midst will profit by the experience of this progressive firm and do their share in the upbuilding of our beautiful little town by also taking a determined stand on this vexed question of white vs Oriential labor. It is quite true, that the Chinaman will work for less money per day than the white man, but the question is will he do as much work in a given period, or bring as satisfactory returns to his employer. This firm have evidently come to the conclusion that he does not, and besides who ever heard of a Chinaman that spent even a small amount of his salary for the benefit of the community in which he lived and worked. What he makes goes to China and nowhere else. In the case of the white man it is also true that he cannot live as cheaply as the Oriential as his cravings are for a much stronger food than rice, and as a result he spends practically all he makes in buying food and clothing for himself and family at the stores in the town in which he lives, thereby putting into circulation the money that if paid to Orientials would find its way speedily out of the country.
The question is a broad one but we believe the time is now ripe for action and are of the opinion that if the Board of Trade, begin the only representative body in the town at present, were to take the matter up it could be dealt with intelligently and would result in much benefit to Sidney in the near future."

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Transcription from scan of original by Brad Morrison, 2015

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