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Excerpt from The South African Mining Journal, Vol. 25: August 5, 1916
Conferences have. Lately been field in the chief Centres for the purpose of discussing the best means of avoiding any considerable dislocation of trade when the troops now in East Africa returned to civil life. The questions to be dealt with are three in number. The first has to do with the return of troops to their ordinary avocations; the second with the re-emp'loyment of those who have temporarily replaced the men at the front; and the third, and most diﬂicult, is the pr0\'ision of Sulllc means of livelihood for those who. By reason of wounds and fevers, will be precluded from following their ordinary work. Obviously the first duty is to gather reliable statistics. Since no one knows to-day exactly the size of the task. Sonic speakers are of opinion that the dislocation of business would be very small in view of the fact that a large number of'men, on their return from East Africa. Would be desirous of going to Europe; but. It must. Be pointed out that any period of uncertainty will do great harm, par ticularly to the temporary hands, by causing a competition of labour for-employment. With a. Consequent fall in wages and a drop in the standard of living. In order to arrive at these statistics. Cvcrv uln ployer of labour. Large or small, should be asked to furnish the following information: (i) The number of employees now in fierman East Africa. The number who can be employed in their old posi tions. (3) The number and occupation of those who must be discarded. (4) The number of temporary hands - (a) men and (b) women - who must be retrenched. (5) Their antecedents, whether pensioners, previous non-workers, or previously employed in other positions. \vith this information, properly tabulated, it should be possible to avoid any considerable dislocation. Before formal disbandment, each man should be asked to decide as quickly as possible whether he would return to civil life or go to Europe. Those temporary bands who had replaced the latter would thus be confirmed in their positions for a further period, whilst those replaced by returned men could be quickly absorbed. If they so desired, in other positions made possible by the increased trade following on even so small an instalment of peace as the East African campaign.
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