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Sydney, July 18. When the wharf laborers were proceeding to unload the Pukaki they were informed that it was intended the stevedore should discharge the steamer, in accordance with the resolution passed by the laborers yesterday. The men thereupon refused to work at all, in spite of the resolution. At a mass meeting of wharf laborers to-night their action was disapproved by officers of the Union. In consequence of this difficulty the steamship owners declined to discuss the new rules put forward by the federated seamen at the conference which was arranged with that object to-day, until they were informed whether it was intended to support the laborers, but saying at the same time they were unable to give an undertaking not to support them. The conference thereupon adjourned until Monday. Delegates from the Marine' Officers interviewed the owners to-day to ascertain their intentions. The latter replied they -were unable to consider the proposals until they were assured the officers would not join ■the Maritime Council, and also stipulating that Melbourne officers should withdraw from the Council. A special meeting of officers is called for Monday to consider the position. , Adelaide, July 18. .Communications are passing between the Premier and Railway Commissioners upon the question, of extending the eight hours system to the railways of the colony.

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LABOR QUESTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890

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LABOR QUESTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890

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