THE UNION'S POLITICAL PLATFORMStandardizing of fish; a new system of culling fish; the inspection of fishery produce; and the establishment of a permanent commission to operate the laws to standardize fish, the culling of it and the fixing of the price of fish shipped direct from the Labrador Coast.
The appointment of Trade Agents abroad.
Weekly reports of prices of fishery produce in the foreign markets.
The establishment of night-school system in the out-ports during winter months.
Schools for every settlement containing 20 school-able children from the age of 7 to 14.
Free and compulsory education seven months of each year.
Reduction of duties upon certain articles used by the masses, such as ready-made clothes, oil-clothes, boots, tobacco, guernseys, sugar, tea, etc.
Old age pensions for all over 70, starting with $50.00 and increasing to $100.00 as the Colony's finances permit.
Erection of Bait Depots as outlined by the FPU
No further pensions to civil servants, over what is paid worn-out Toilers.
A long distance telephone to connect every settlement in the Colony which can be reached.
The re-organization of the Fisheries Department.
Single outport electoral districts.
Elective School and Municipal Boards—the former on denominational lines, the latter to expend all road, charity and old age pension grants.
Amended sealing laws as outlined by the FPU Agreement.
The sale of timber areas by public auction, and the enforcement of the Fishermen's Timber Limit Laws, and the Crown Lands Act re timber grants.
The payment of $500 sessional indemnity for members of the House of Assembly.
Laws to make combines in trade punishable by imprisonment only.
Law to establish the Referendum and the Recall.
Retrenchment in every department of the public service, and working hours of officials from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The amendment of the Election Act, to permit the counting of votes by each Deputy Returning Officer.
Laws to punish any members of the Legislature who receive financial profit or gain directly or indirectly from the public Treasury, except what is openly voted by the Legislature as salary—sessional indemnity—or in payment of services rendered to the Colony.
The utilizing of the cash reserve to the Colony's credit at the banks to purchase fishery supplies and motor engines.
The establishment of a Transportation Commission to operate the contracts of Reid, Bowring and Crosbie.
The fixing of a minimum wage for labor by a Commission, and wages to be paid weekly and in cash.
A Royal Commission to investigate public affairs.
Bonus for clearing land and encouragement of settlers upon the land and of stock raising.
The construction of a harbor on the Strait Shore.
The closing down of whale factories.
Fishing debts over two years old to be uncollectible by process of the courts of law.
The granting of a subsidy to steamers supplying coals to rough outport settlements.
Coaker, Hon. W.F., The History of the Fishermen's Protective Union of Newfoundland. St. John's: Union Publishing Company, Ltd., 1920.
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