The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. THE STRIKES BILL. Mr Stewart (Dunedin West) moved the second reading of the Strikes and Board of Conciliation Bill, to deal with strikes among workmen and to give power to settle/them by a Board of Conciliation. The object of the Bill was to settle these disputes at the least expense to both parties, and he thought it was a measure m which every workman m the Colony was interested. A man possessed of large capital could hold out against strikers, but a man of moderate means suffered I greatly by them. Thus strikes were, to a
certain extent, to the interest of large capitalists and to the detriment of moderate capitalists, and not to the benefit of the workmen. Mr Moss did not think they should entertain the idea of compulsory arbitration, and it would be absolutely -wrong to pass such a Bill this session. Mr Fish moved "That the Bill be read a second time that day six months." Sir G. Grey seconded the amendment. Mr Ballance opposed the Bill. The Hon T. W. Hislop said the Government had had nothing to do with the Bill: they thought it was premature. Sir John Hall .said they were indebted to Mr Stewart for an honest, painstaking attempt to battle with a great question. : Mr Samuel deprecated the practice that had been going on m the House lately of pandering to Labor Unions m view of the coming elections. The motion for the second reading of the Bill was carried on the voices, Mr Fish's amendment being lost. CORONERS INQUESTS.. The Hon T. Hislop moved the second reading of the Coroners' Inquest Bill, to amend the law relating to Coroners' inquests. The Bill was read a second time on the voises. THE HALF-HOLIDAY QUESTION. , Mr Feldwick moved the second reading of the Employment of Females and Others Act Amendment Bili, which he explained had been entrusted to him by the late Mr Turnbull. He pointed out that great inconvenience was felt m some places by having the half-holiday kept by all classes of workers on the Saturday, and the object of the Biil was to enable Borough Councils to enact that the half-holiday could be kept on two different days if nececsary, say on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or whatever days might ke suitable for different classes of workers. DOG REGISTRATION. The House went into Committee on the Dog Registration Act Amendment Bill. Sir John Hall movtd, m Clause 2— "That farmers' dogs should also be registered for 2s 6d each, as well as the dogs of shepherds and drivers." ; After a, lengthy discussion, * . Major Steward moved to postpone the clause. /.greed to by 28 to 9. Sir John Hall then moved, m Clause 3—" what the words ' shepherd or driver' be struck out and ' person ' inserted." : Agreed to, Mr Feldwick moved to insert after the word " person " the words "not being a resident of any borough or town district." j Agreed to by 19 to 17. Sir J. Hall moved to strike out the words m clause 3 reforring to making the declaration m the schedule. Words retained by 18 to 3. Mr Samuel moved to report progress. Lost by 20 to 14. The clause was further amended by inserting "sheep or cattle dogs " m it. Clause 2 was then struck out and the schedule amended. The Bill was reported with amendments. : The House rose at 12.50 a.m.
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EVENING SITTING, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890
EVENING SITTING Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890
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