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The Labor Troubles.

[per press association.]

London, June 18. * The postmen intend to prosecute the Postmaster-General for stopping their pay for attending meetings.

The dissatisfaction amongst the police is spreading.

Sydney, June 19,

A meeting of fully two hundred persons representing the shipping, export, import, and manufacturing interests of the colony unanimously passed the following resolutions:— "That this meeting, having considered the attitude of the Wharf Laborers' Union in refusing to come to terms with the employers, In the interest of the freedom .of commerce in New South Waler,, pledges itself to support the employers inupholdingthe rules agreed upon, namely the eight hours system,, as follows:—Oversea trade, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer, with two breaks for meals, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in -winter, with one break; in the coasting trade, eight hours continuous work, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., evertimeto be paid outside the hours above specified, the rate of wages to be Is per hour, and Is 6d per hour'i for overtime; the latter to begin at one o'clock on Saturdays; the present arrangement between owners and sailors as to overtime to remain undisturbed ; freedom of contraffc with contract men to be allowed. The above rules shall be adopted from July Ist next and continue for one year. If the laborers' fee and the Union entrance fee of five guineas' limits the number below the requirements of trade the employers reserve the light to employ non-union men. The following document shall be signed:—" The exporters and importers agree for twelve months not to give any cargo to, or support any shipowner, agent, captain or stevedore who infringes'the first resolution ; this meeting, while not objecting to the right of an individual to endeavor to improve his position with respect oo the hours of labor or remuneration, strongly protests against the ill-considered and unjustifiable act of any trade organisation whereby the interests of the colony are prejudiced and its progress and prosperity retarded." It is expected that the Chamber of Commerce will take the matter up on similar lines.

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The Labor Troubles., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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The Labor Troubles. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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