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A. Farmer's Union.

At the Committee meeting of the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association, the following circular from the Oamaru Farmers' and Employers' Club was laid on the table :— ■ Dear Sir, —This Club has for some time had under its earnest consideration the sfMiiqi^s aspect qf th,e Labor Question, as affecting fanners, graziers, and other employers of labor in the country districts of the colony, and we have, been directed to communicate with you to solicit the co-qperation of these classes in ypur district towards the formation of a Grand Central Ilmplqyers' Council for N/ew- Zealand. The aggressive attitude of farm laborers, shearers, and others employed on stations in leaguing together for the purpose of increasing wages and shortening hours of work, indicates the absolute necessity for employers to take some decided action in defence of their interests. Considering tlie state of the markets, the heavy burdens of taxation, and other circumstances, the present seems a very inopportune time for conceding the demands of the employes, are in many cases exorbitant and Qxcessfv^, The Club considers ' that the main industries of the colony will be seriously in: jured, unless, gome general and united action be taken by the employers of labor tp modify and moderate such demands. As a preliminary step towards this desirable end, al^rge nuiufyer of farmers and others in' North Qtago hav.e combined to form a Union to watch over their interests in connection with the labor J rnqyemont; but the Club considers it absolutely p.i.NGintjal fhat in every district from the one 'end of tli'o boiouy to the other there should be.similar Unipngj oj Clubs amongst these classes of employers, and when established, they should be formed into such a Council, as has been previously to, act as a IJoard of Reference and Arbitration bcjtweeii capital and labor a« represented by the Trades and Labor Council and' the Maritime Council. Should you consider the movement worthy of support—and of that Aye j^aye no doubt whatever—you should at once set about organising a uni»n in your district, and communicate the result to us in the first place. When a sufficient number of Unions are formed a conference of delegates fronj these Unionijj will be called to establish the proposed Council and to, elect an executive. The Committee of the Club desire us to press upon every employer of labor the $favn necessity for immediate and general organisation, and they trust that great benefit will be experienced by every one n the community by the jndicious regu? lation of the labor movement. —We are, etc.* JOHN JOHNSTON, Chairman, JOHN CHURCH, Secretary, '

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A. Farmer's Union., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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A. Farmer's Union. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890