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(i London,: June 16.Chief• Constable Howard has been; appointed Assistant' Commissioner of(Police •o'tt Lieutehant-ColonelPeaTSpn^ldeeeased. The majority of the metropolitan'force rupudiated the proffered gratuity, > land have resolved to. give a month's notice of resignation unless Mr Munro is reinstated and their,demands for increasedr>pay,'conceded. Mr Munro. -write/ai contradicting Mr Matthews' version of his resignation, ;.■'-;;/, - | Stiiliby,' ;June]l6r~ . i A: conference of, marineyo^fieerj «&id steamship; owners, will be held oh Juno 25th. From the relations" at present existing there appears every probability, of an amicable arrangement. 1 ~ Wam^OTOwi" Jwne 16.\ The conference between*(the; executive of the Railway Society, and Railway Commissioners was continued at 3 p.m., and the whole of the afternoon was occupied in considering the hours of lal^or: ■ Mr Hoban explained' that' the men desired that the eight hours* system should be .observed on railways;as m other trades —time to be counted from the moment the man went on duty, whether ho was continuously at worl or not." .Special stress waslaid oirthe tja^e of engine drivers who were oftei on duty twelve or fourteen hours per day. The Commissioners pointed out that it was" almost impracticable to'have ah eight-hours' system in force with engine drivers, and if overtime were paid, men \in charge of country' trains , (although not continuously at work) would be in receipt of a higher rate of pay than the men who drove, say an express' train, for eight hours at a stretch. i Mr McKerrow remarked-that if the Society's demands, in regard to drivers and firemen,, were acceded to and eight hours rigidly enforced, intermittent labor would result, and the cost of working the railways would be increased fully £50,000 per annum. At present the railways were not yielding sufficient to pay the interest at Home, aiid therefore the" Society'must remember that the £50,000 would ijftv^to come oft' tho settlers by taxation, .. r'u • The deputation expressed a hope tWt amicable arrangement would be.coniajtft and at 5.15 p.m. s«i adjournment TO made till 11 a.m. .to-morrow, jrhvx wf

question of scale of payment will be considered. Dunedin, June 16. Another eighteen of the men lately out on strike were taken on at the Shag Point Mine to-day. At a meeting of the Grocers' Assistants' Union to-night, a proposal to join with the Drapers' Assistants' Union was well received. A letter was received from the Masters' Association, announcing their willingness to close at 6 p.m., including Saturdays, if unanimity could be secured.

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LABOR QUESTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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LABOR QUESTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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