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THE LONDON LABORERS.

PROSPECT OF SETTLEMENT.

(PER PKKBS ASSOCIATION.*

London, September 3. Burns repudiates the allegation of inciting strikers to violence. The receipts now itarage per day. Relief is limited to food, except m the case of men on picket duty. The departure of the lonic has been delayed three days. The Doric is at Plymouth awaiting orders! * The number of strikers is increasing. An advance m wages has been granted to the postal carmen, gas stokers, machinists, and other trades to an extent equal on the whole to a year. The riverside men on strike, who number 100,000, are dependent on the donations of others for support, but the remainder of the strikers belong to separate Unions, which are self' supporting. The Dock men have now formed a Union, which 14,000 men hive already joined. The Directors of the Dock Companies refuse, however, to negotiate with Tillett, the Chairman of this Union , on the ground of his insulting behaviour. The announcsment of a collection of at the Melbourne meeting has been received with great enthusiasm. Sir Donald Currie, representing a deputation of shipowners, requested the Dock Companies to permit the former to arrange with the dock laborers to load at the Docks pending the settlement of the dispute. The latter are, however, unwilling. The wharfingers held a meeting, at which it was resolved to urge the men to Accept the Dock owners' compromise, but the men refused to give way. Fresh laborers are arriving at the docKs daily, notwithstanding the fact that the strikers have a picket of four thousand strong. The directors of the Dock Companies have finally decided not to act jointly with the shipowners, until after the strike has ended. The shipowners have formed a Committee to confer with the Dock Companies as soon as the latter are disposed to discuss the matter. The Dock Companies believe they will win m the end. Burns threatens to excite the laborers at Southampton to join -the London strikers. At Liverpool the excitement is increasing, but up to the present time only the corn and flour carriers have gone out. They demand an increase of wages to six shillings per day. The strikers are deeplj moved at the generosity of Melbourne sympathisers. Ten thousand tailors, cabinet makers, and cigar makers have joined the strikers. London, September 4. Work at the whatves is gradually being resumed. Burns states the strike will extend to Glasgow within forty-eight hours. The soldiers and the police, who were ordered to proceed to the docks to suppress any intimidation on the part of the strikers, were cheered by the latter on their arrival. Several London firms who are executing colonial orders, under contract, have sent consignments of rolling stock and paper machinery for shipment at Liverpool, but m consequence of the threatened strike there have transferred the shipments to Glasgow. On hundred thousand shilling relief tickets were issued yestetday, and these were only sufficient to palliate suffering. The strikers express their willingness fco abate their original demands with regard to the shipowners and wharfingers, owiog to the kindness received at their hands, but are determined not to forego one jot to the Dock Companies. The Strikers' Central Committee are expected to issue, to-day conditions on which the men may return to work. {Received September 5, 12.30 p.m.) London, September 4. More laborers have been added to those working m the docks, and taking the place of the men on strike. Tbe Ligurla is still unable to leave. The at Liverpool have conceded the exsra shilling a day for which the corn-carriers struck. (Received September 5, 1 p.m.) Bydney. September 5. Meetings m the various Australian capitals to express sympathy with the. dock strikers are general. Up to yes- ■ terday the following amounts, ha,<i been collected :— gobyri _ ... 300 Melbourne „„ «. 3500 Adelaide mmm 500 Brisbane ... 700 , *

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THE LONDON LABORERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2218, 5 September 1889

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