THE WHITCOMBE AND TOMBS DIFFICULTY.
The following are the issues submitted by the Maritime Council to be arbitrated upon m Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs' dispute :—(1) Were the men dismissed because of their connection with the Union ; (2) have the firm kept their word to recognise the Union ; (3) has their refusal m the past to do so caused the present dispute ; (4) is not the employment of girls at 10s a week m the composing room a process of sweating; (5) are the demands of the Typographical Union unreasonable; (6) should not the firm give practical proof of future recognition of the Union by employing Union men at once and working under the typographical rules ; (7) if it can be shown that the employment of female is detrimental to the whole printing trade should it not immediately be stopped. A meeting of the directors of Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs will be held on Tuesday to consider the issues. Oamaru, August; 9. It is understood that at a meeting of the Farmer' Club m committee it was resolved that a telegram of sympathy be sent to Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs with an offer of financial assistance if necessary. It was also resolved to send a telegram to the Railway Commissioners and the Union Steamship Company, asking them to uphold the law m regard to the carriage of Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs' goods. Dunedin. August 11. The latest phase of the above dispute is i that the Carpenters' Union have called out the men employed by George Hall m fitting up a branch m the 'cutting, taken by Whitcombe and Tombs. Wellington, August 11. The Railway Commissioners have replied to Mr Millar's letter, setting out the views of the Maritime Council, that, as trustees of the people's railways, they could not deprive anyone of the people of the common right of using those railways, and the Council might as well ask the Post and Telegraph Department and Courts of Justice to close their doors on Whitcombe and Tombs. The Commissioners consider the question is whether the laws and liberties of the people are to be over-ridden at will by a self-constituted irresponsible body, and whether society is to be governed by lynch law, or by constitutional law. Much as the Commissioners deplore the consequences of a j goneral strike they refuse to avert it by the violation of the l»w of land m refusing to carry any person's goods.
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THE WHITCOMBE AND TOMBS DIFFICULTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2488, 11 August 1890
THE WHITCOMBE AND TOMBS DIFFICULTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2488, 11 August 1890
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