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Dukedin, August 15. The following important letter from Mr J. A. Millar, Secretary of the Maritime Council, will appear m to-morrow's " Daily Times " :— In view of the present naturally unsettled stnta of the paljh'c maud the Maritime Council are of pinion that they are justiiit*! m officially intimating the course they intend to adopt towards Whitcoinbe and Tombs. The Council have given this matter close and careful consideration and have looked into jb from

every possible point of view, with the result that they have arrived at the following conclusions :—That no general strike will take place ; that Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs have determined to attempt to run their business on non-Union lines, and thus enter into unfair competition with their fellow traders to the detriment of the latter and their employees. They have rejected arbitration which has been thrice offered, have defied the Unions, and must abide the result. That Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs have deliberately made up their minds to bring about a general labor complication, regardless of the resultant disasters and consequent waste of time and money. With characteristic selfishness the firm are content to disorganise trade m the hope that they may benefit m some degree amid the general trouble. The Council will, with j the help of the Unions, deal with this Company on simple but effective lines. They will not be assisted to drag Union employers and employees into their own plight. Until they fall m with the general practice of their trade, this Company will be compelled to stand out m miserable relief as the only firm m the colony who refuse to recognise the rights of labor and the true principles of Unionism. The Council appeal with confidence to thb public, v/hose comfort and welfare are wantonly sought to be imperilled, to mark their disapprobation of this Company's tacticts. In conclusion, the Cduncil desire to express their deep gratitude to the various labor organisations m Australia and New Zealand for their loyal generous and sympathetic supjtort. Thanks are also accorded to the agents of Whitcombe and Tomb 3 throughout New Zeaiand for their ready assistance. They will not be allowed to lose thereby and will be fully protected against unfair competition by the Unions throughout the colony. The Council view with perfect indifference the probability of a few taunting them with over-moderation. The representatives of so strong and combined a body as the Unionists of the colony can afford to be independent. With their heavy responsibilities they cannot afford to be rash or hasty m their movements, as by so doing they may injure the welfare of the whole colony.—l am, &c, John A. Millak, Secretary./ Ohristchurch, August 16. A general feeling of relief is expressed at Mr Millar's announcement that there will be no strike over Whitcombe and Tombs. Impartial people express the opinion that the Maritime Council have acted commendably m declining to involve the whole colony m a struggle. Whitcombe's supporters say they have gained a victory. Oamaru, August 15. On Thursday evening the Livingstone School Committee passed a resolution asking the Education Board to substitute some other reading-book for that published by Whitcombe and Tombs. Dunkdin, August 16. At a meeting of the Dunedin Branch of the New Zealand Typographical Association the members pledged themselves to endeavor to the best of their ability to prevent the use of Whitcombe and Tombs' publications m the public schools. The report from a Committee appointed to interview printers m the city stated that favorable arrangement >c apprentices and girl labor had been made.

(Received August 16, 12.55 p.m.) Sydney, August 16. Mr Spence, President of the Shearer's Union, states that 233 Labor Societies are supporting the shearers m the present dispute. The Shearers Union is calling m this year's, as well as next year's subscriptions, from its members, to provide the necessary funds for the impending struggle.

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THE WHITCOMBE AND TOMBS DIFFICULTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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THE WHITCOMBE AND TOMBS DIFFICULTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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