The Law on Boycotting.
Mr J. A. Millar defends the threat oi a general boycott, m the follo^viiijg. le.tter io the Dunedin "Star":— ' Sir,-,!!} yo,ur igs^e" oi the 13th. there appears the. report' of a case m America re boycotting, m which a member of a trade union is fined, and boycotting is declared illegal. I cannot understand what your motive is m publishing this at the present time, unless it is for tb.e n,v^p*s, of trying to intimidate ivuionists." ' v '"") | l^v;e B,jmaly to. state that we ftav.e on.ly such steps as are necessary to protect our business, and; that we are pxo-, I tected by section 3 of the Trades tJnion Act, 1878, which reads as follows :—" The purposes of any trade union shall not, by reason merely that they are m restraint of trade, be deemed to be unlawful so as to , render any member of such trade union liable to criminal prosecution for spiracy or otherwise." .Fursiejm,pj«3, 'We' latest case m 1 Mogul, Shipping Company / v. McGregor,' Gow and Po;—was decided by the Queen's Bench m favour of the defendants (see Law Reports 1889, folio 23, p. 600). On the authority of this case we contend th.a.t any taken by 3 tr^e yp\Qi\ (^
legitimate purposes for which the union is formed, no matter how injurious it may be to the rights of others, is protected by law. In everything we have done or purposed to do we will not go beyond the recognised objects of the unions, and will do no act which is not after the greatest consideration considered to be absolutely essential to the furtherance of our business.—l am, etc., I John A. Millar.
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The Law on Boycotting., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890
The Law on Boycotting. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890
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