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The Labor Troubles.



[per press association.]

London, June 12

The Orient Company having discharged two firemen and replaced them with blacklegs, their action has resulted in the stevedores and 300 laborers (not dockers) going out on strike. The police in the metropolis refrain from striking, as they fear such a step would lead to the introduction of legislation detrimental to the interests of trade unionists.

The East India Dock Company having abolished two or three dockers' representatives at their dock, 2000 men have struck work as a protest against the action. A strike is also imminent at the Victoria dock, owing to the Company discharging, thirty of the prominent hands. Syjjney, June 13.

The Employers' Union issued a statement to-night which traverses the appeal made by wharf laborers for assistance throughout Australia in the event of extreme measures being adopted. The employers state that the rules of the laborers are not those drafted at the Intercolonial Conference, but are framed by the local men acting on their own responsibility, and contain a number of alterations, which constitute an attempt to revolutionize the condition of the present regulations of the employment of wharf laborers. Some of the demands are admitted to be within reason, and have been conceded, while -atlioija-J»cwo—modo-W"»-jinKvtintL_]ie]dUby-employers almost intolerable. The most important question is that of constant men, but the proportion of these to casuals is very small. The men lay great stress on the contention that their just right's are infringed by the constants, but statistics disprove this. The employers state that the real cause of the trouble lies in the fact that the constants are a great deal better off than the casuals, and many of the constants are nonUnionists. The great principle on which the employers and men are at present at variance is expressed in the proposal of the employers as follows: That freedom of contract be allowed between employers and labor in-regard to time and conditions of men on regular weekly wages, and that bona fide constants only.: be worked. The employers decline to pay for " smoke oh," and are at an utter loss to conceive why the men should object to sign an agreement for twelve-^onths. What encouragement, they ask, is there to make concessions, if no guarantee will be granted that they are to have at least a short term of quietness.

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The Labor Troubles., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2441, 14 June 1890

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The Labor Troubles. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2441, 14 June 1890

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