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The Complete Boycott.

A portion of the resolution passed by the Railway Servants reads that they (the servants) " will not handle any package coming to or from Whitcombe and Tombs and that they will not conduct any train or drive or lire any locomotive coupled to any train which is known to carry any goods m connection with that firm." The Maritime Council yesterday sent from Dunedin a lengthy communication to the Commissioners, asking the latter not to interfere, but to allow labor and capital to fight matters out. So long as no member of affiliated bodies is made to suffer through dismissal or suspension the crisis may be averted, but the first man made to suffer will be the signal for everything to stop from Auckland to the Bluff. The letter disclaim* being a threat m a^iy sense, but simply a statement, so that the persons concerned may not go into matters with their eyes shut. At the meeting of-railway servants. Mr Hoban (the president) advised the men to stick together. If one man was suspended, don't let him grieve, they would see that he was looked after, and so on through all the railway servants. They had thfc assurance of the wharf labourers that they would not discharge the vessels and the seamen would not navigate the steamers unless any man suspended for sticking to his principles were reinstated. Though they had taken these steps they were prepared still to hold out the olive branch. They wished the public to know that they were prepared now, as they always had been, to go to arbitration He. wished the day would soon come when employers and employed should be compelled by legislation to arbitrates. There was just this that their Australian friends would stand by them, find if they went into the fight they would have hundreds of thousands of pounds to enable them to fight capital with capital for the rights of labor. He had suggested bo one or two capitalists that they should go to Whitcombe and Tombs and urge them, m the interests of the public, to consent to arbitration, but these gentlemen did not feel inclined to do so. They did not seem to t;ike much interest, as the meeling of the Chamber of Commerce called for that day had lapsed for want of attendance. This did not look as if the capitalists took much interest m the welfare of the public generally, A suggestion that may be read with interest by Bank managers has been made amongst the Unionists. It is that m case there is reason to believe any Bank is likely to support the capitalists with whom labor happens at the time to be at war, the members of tho Unions should prosent all the notes they have at the Bank counters, and demand gold for them, thus diminishing the supply of gold to be handed over to the capitalists. The rumor that a boycott of Bank notes would be attempted is ridiculed by the Chrintohurch Bank managers to whom it was mentioned, and it was pointed out j that all the Banks trading m the colony have but a comparatively small note issue m proportion to their reserve m coin and bullion. A public meeting of the labour party is to be held m Christchurch to-night, when addresses will be given by representatives of the Maritime Council, Trades and Labour Council, Wharf Labourers' Union, Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, Typographical Association, Tailors and Tailoresses* Union, New Zealand Assistants' Union, Boilermakers' Society, and Bootmakers' Union. The chair will be taken at eight o'clock. The attendance of ladies ia particularly invited, and seats will be reserved for them. Mr Millar, secretary of the Maritime Council proceeds to Christchurch by to-night's express. It is stated by the Christchurch banks there is no truth m the rumour that the " screw " is already being put on tradesmen with a view to restricting their credit inconsequence of the threatened strike. For some time past, it is said a larger amount of money has placed on fixed deposit—money that would otherwise have been put into business, but for the uncertainty for the past twelve months of the labor market. All the Wellington booksellers have declined to sell the goods of Messrs Whitcojwbe and Tombs. Wewjvgton, August 7. The Railway Commissioners consider the term "civil commotion " m the waybill only applies to a civil' disturbance. They have not altered their position at present, and unless the letter expected from the Maritime Council to-morrow puts a new complexion on matters, are determined to suspend men who refuse to work,

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The Complete Boycott., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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The Complete Boycott. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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