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The Complete Boycot.

THE DISPUTE IN CHRISTCHUROH

[fBR PRESS ASSOCIATION.]

Wellington, August 3. The Railway Commissioners have decided to reply to the telegram from the railway servants to the effect that, being public carriers, they are not m a position to instruct their servants to refrain from handling any poods belonging to Messrs Whiteombe and Tombs which may be consigned to, them for transmission bjr rail.- In the event of. the Railway Servants' Association withdrawing any of the railway officials from their Work, Hhe men who withdraw will do so at their own risk, and should any inconvenience be occasioned to the railway by the traffic being stopped, or the trade of the port; of Lyttelton impeded by the threatened action of the Executive of the Association, the risk and responsibility will devolre upon the Association and not upon the Railway Commissioners. . Jones and Ashdown, tailors^'who refuse to sign the rules, pf the Tailoresses' Union are to be* boycotted. Ohmstchuroh, August 4. There is considerable uneasiness m Christchurch at the prospect of the deadlock which will ensue' if matters are pushed to extremes m the dispute between, the Maritime Council and Whitcombe and Tombs. It has been suggested that a "round robin" be signed,.asking the Company to endeavor to obtain an amicable settlement. On the other hand, some persons wish to have the question fought out. They consider that if the labor party gain the day against Whitcombe and Tombs, they will ere long make demands against someone else, which will necessitate the battle being fought over again, and therefore that it is better to put up with the inconvenionce and trouble oi "boycotting" for a time m order to settle whether the labor party is to be dominant or not. A private meeting fof employers of labor is being held to-night. The Typographical Association have posted pickets to watch the establishment of the Company. Itha« been suggested that Bishop Julius be asked to arbitrate, but neither party has taken steps m that direction. The "Press" states that the general opinion of merchants and tradesmen interviewed on the subject is against the action of the Maritime Counci). It would appear from the..remarks of several who have been interviewed that Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs are being strongly supported by merchants and business men, who have pledged themselves to send all their printing and order all the* stationery from the firm. The Union Steamship Company have notified their intention, as common carriers, to accept all goods sent to them, and are of opinion that an action for damages will lie against the Maritime Council if any 'effo-rts are put forward by that body to prevent the Company carrying out the trertns of its contract. The ... Messrs Whitcombe and Tomba decline'to be interviewed by Press representatives on the position, and say the matter now rests entirely with the public. One of the prominent members of the Railway Servants' 'Association, m speaking yesterday on the question^ said that he fully recognised the gravity of the position, but like soldiera going into battle, they could"not"but obey orders. He suggested, that Bishop Julius should be asked to meditate m the matter. He believed that if this were done the trouble would be averted, and also the misery and privation which Avmild undoubtedly come about. The Executive of the Railway Servants Society have adopted the following resolution:—That ,m consideration of not having clear, definite and detailed know • ledge of the intended plan of action by the Maritime Council ra Whitcombe and Tombs' difficulty, the Secretary of that body be informed that the Executive of the A.S.R.S. is prepared to carry out instructions whenever received, but that it will be necessary to wait xor the issue of such orders to ensu*3 definite and uniform action ; also, as the Executive Committee intends to place itself entirely at the disposal of the Maritime Council, it will be necessary on the part of the latter body to inform the Rail way;, Commissioners of that fact. It was also. resoWedito instruct all branches of the Society to prepare for emergencies.. . . ... Mr Edwards has received a reply to his telegram to the effect that the Commissioners are unable to refuse to i carry any goods, as they were liable as common carriers. A mass meeting of railway servants and lumpers will be held m Christchurch this evening to discuss, the position. Ohristchubch, August 5. Re Whitcombe and Tombs, the feeling m Lyttelton is that if extreme measures are taken labor will gain the day. A private meeting of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce is to be held this afternoon. ./'.

-. ■:: ■■ ■;■:':■;■ , " DtTiNjEDIN, August 4. There-is nothing fresh to record re the dispute between : the Maritime Council and Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs. The leaders of the labor movement; appear to be determined, if it comes to the worst, to block the .trade j ,p{/tyttelton and Christchurch., They regard the case as a : ; test one. (Knowing; who the firm of Whitcoinbe and Tombs, and who areTiehind them, they consider that the merchants of Christchurch have decided to fight? the labor party over this dispute. , They, consider it is for these merchants ix> speak now, and either disavow their intention, to fight?the labor party, or accept the inevitable consequences of a struggle. Having shown their power the labor leaders do not wish to be precipitate, and therefore probably no further ;moye will be made jto" the end of the'week. In the meantime all tha Unions ha,ve been warned to prepare for a general strike at my moment.

The following telegram was despatched from Ashburfcon to-day to Messrs Whitcojnbe and Tombs by a local business mail :- — . ' Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs, Christ- . .church. f -1 ! • We uuggesfc your hating a meeting of employers.called with a view to combining and assisting you m the present crisis. Employers here would vigorously support such a movement. Kindly reply m time for the Agricultural and Pastoral Society's meeting to-day. •■ .^ \ ">

• [reply.] Thanks for sympathy. It is considered here best for, other side to make next move. Whitcqmbk and Tombs.

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The Complete Boycot., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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The Complete Boycot. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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