The Dockers' Strike.
[per press association.} ■■:■•:. London, August 17. : The oetebirationa, of' the anniversary o$ the dockers' strike were of a very enthusiastic character. A% the de--1 mpnstration m lsyd;e Park to-day, one banner showed the English and Australian, clockers shaking hands, and a sesonel showed the Australian handing a cheque to the Britisher. Mr Burns reviewed the action tajsen during the strike, and statfed that the contributions from the colonies were nearly ,£4(^QjO& The hearty thanks of ths bookmen, he said,.were owing to the colonials for the handsome ma^^or m which they had come to thai^ 1. assistance. He regretted y^;y. m,uch that it was impossibly %>p. him to pay a visit to Australia and show his gratitude by , fisting m breaking down thimm- : worthy action of capitajfts*,*. In eoncludiiig, he hop^cj that tlie labor reform wo^d feo, successful, and as he AX-aY^i the flag with the picture of i\ kangaroo on it and the words '^Advance Australia," the imnien&e assemblage gave three cheers.. ; i Mr Tom Ma«n, President of the
Dockers' Union, eulogised the action of Australia m sending money to assist the dockers, and stated that if be got a telegram from any responsible authority m Australia asking for help m ;i strike, the question would accordingly be submitted to the Union, but help would be granted without , discussion. If a message was received not to work certain ships, these would be blocked out at every port while blacklegs were employed. Mr Edwards, a prominent member , of the Union, spoke m a similar strain, i and moved a resolution, which was , passed, expressing gratitude to Aus--1 tralia for assistance rendered during I the dock laborers' strike. In-the course of'his .speech at Hyde ; Park yesterday Mr John Burns asserted that the clock laborers' strike of ; last year had increased the wages of the London dockers by the sum of £300,000, and those at other ports m Great Britain had benefited to the extent of .£700,000. Discussing the whole labour question throughout the world, Mr Burns claimed that 700,000,000 laborers had by their agitation gained m the aggregate the sum of £30,000,000 per annum. Out of 180 strikes they had only been defeated ontwo occasions; The, success of the labor agitations . had greatly increased the strength of Unions, and m London alone the membership of the various Unions had increased by 30,000. Referring to the failure of the threatened strike of police and postmen, he attributed it to the treachery of some of the members. He applauded the action of the Grenadier Guards, and announced that he would-not commence a social revolution until people had more leisure, were better prepared, educated; and disciplined. - The Portsmouth masters having given way porters are resuming work.
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The Dockers' Strike., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890
The Dockers' Strike. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890
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