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Sydney, July 24. At a meeting of steamship owners to-day, it was resolved that, owing to widespread commercial depression, and consequent losis to shipowners, thfijy cannot accept all the seamen's new rules and grant further increase of pay, though they are still willing to contine running vessels upon the present recognised rules, and, r^te of wages, with the various Mercantile Unions; but should these bodies depline to continue service under the" rules; the Owners' Association .will,be compelled to lay up vessels. The owners subsequently met: delegates from the Seamen's Union, and stated they wei-e willing to ■ resume the adjourned conference, provided the foregoing were accepted as a basis. A number ofl minor concessions on both sides were agreed to, but the questions of hours of labor and overtime remain unsettled. On- these questions both sides are firm, and the Conference will adjourn till Saturday, when the ;owners will give their final decision. lX The Amalgamated .Shearers' Union numbers 22,000 members. , The orj ganisation I and levy for strikes last year cost the sum of irtOOO. • :■ • it

TT&a'— 1' * ' ' ' — ■ ~ ' *MMii London, July 24. The National Seamens' Union adrise a general strike on Saturday until the Danish seamen are conceded equal wages with English seamen. A conference of delegates from the seamen with the owners is arranged to take place on Saturday.

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THE MARITIME DIFFICULTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2474, 25 July 1890

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THE MARITIME DIFFICULTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2474, 25 July 1890

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