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LABOR QUESTIONS.

[per press association.] Melbourne July 16. Mr Service was interviewed this morning by the unemployed. He promised to advocate the opening of relief works. The police have been instructed to disperse any processions m the streets. Sydney, July 16. The wharf laborers refused to proceed with the unloading of the Tekapo and Jubilee this morning, m consequence of the adoption of a new practice repugnant to the men, namely, engaging two Unionists to supervise the work. The men view this as an attempt to introduce the sweating system into wharf labor. They say, if owners do not wish to do the work themselves, they should let it by con- j tract to a body of men, who will then divide the profits. The men assert they are determined to resent the introduction of the new system by all means at their command, and get rid of stevedores, and take the work direct from the owners. Action this morning was taken on their own responsibility, but they are assured they will be supported by the Union. A mass meeting of men is being held to determine the course of action. Later. The wharf laborers assert that under the proposed new system only about one-half the usual number of men will be employed, and that m other ways owners are attempting undercutting. At a meeting of the Union this afternoon it was resolved not to work under the stevedores, and delegates were appointed to interview the owners.

[pee press association.] Auckland, July 16. A Storemen's Union has been formed. The Slaughtermen's Union have formulated their demands upon the master butchers, killing bullocks to be raised from Is to 3s each, sheep from 2|d to 4d; no wages men, all piece work ; butchers' clerks from £2 10s to £3 10s, according to duties. Among the further demands made by the Slaughtermen's Union to the master batchers are that no boy is to ride out with meat under fourteen, with minimum pay 15s. If otherwise employed after riding out to be regarded as handy man, pay, BCs. One boy apprentice allowed, and a man for each boy, and that tha killing tariff be alike for small butchers, freezing companies, and large butchering establishments. Westport, July 16. The difficulty between the Westport Coal Company and the Denniston miners has been settled, the latter having withdrawn notice of a strike. Dunedin, July 16. The Maritime Council have communicated with Messrs P. Hayman and Co. and Cowan and Co., re the dispute between Whitcombe and Tombs, of Christchurch, and the Typographical Association. The former obtain and distribute the firm's publications, and the latter supply them with paper, and both have been informed that they are expected to have no further dealings with Whitcombe and Tombs until the dispute is settled. It is understood the Council will - demand from the firm a refund of the expenses to which the Typographical Association has been put before agreeing to any settlement. Mr William Brown has been appointed on behalf of the miners at Grey Valley to examine the books of the Grey Valley Coal Company, and has received permission from the Directors.

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LABOR QUESTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 17 July 1890

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LABOR QUESTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 17 July 1890

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