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LABOR QUESTIONS.

[per press association.]

London, August 22. Work at Tilbury Docks has been resumed. The owners did not yield, but the Dockers' Executive disavowed the action of the strikers. The dock laborers propose to form a Company to load and unload vessels on co-operative principles. The owners are favorable to the project. Thg dockers and others have arranged to allow John Burns £3 a week. London, August 23. There is a prevalent feeling of satisfaction here that Australia is sufferfrom the consequences of a dock strike, as it is recognised that colonial help stimulated many of the recent labour troubles m Great Britain. " The Times," m commenting on the Australian strikes, refers to the powerless struggle being carried on against the Vanderbilt railways m the United States, and attributes the present industrial upheaval to extensive use of machinery, and its subdivision of labor. The "Times" adds that the coming question will not be one of wage, but of individual liberty. The " Standard " declares that labor organisations have happily provoked capital to combine for self-defence. The leaders of the labor organisations have censured the Tilbury dock laborers for striking for the expulsion of non-unionist men. The dockers have sullenly given way and resumed work. The strike among the rivetters of Staffordshire and Worcestershire has ended, the masters having given way, and the men have resumed work. Tho annual conference of delegates of the Dockers' Union will take place m London m September. The difficulty between the Seamens' Union and the Danish steamers, m which the former insisted on foreign sailors being paid the same rates as those m English steamers, has been settled by a compromise having been effected, and the threatened boycott 1 ot the north-east ports has been averted. (Received August 25, noon.) London, Aug. 23. i The report that the shipping interests were combining to protect themselves against the labor movement is con.tinned. At a meeting to-day sixty owners were present, representing every seaport m the island. The union, which embraces the whole tonnage of the United Kingdom, aims at the abolition of the men's union. Mr Devitt, of Devitfc and Moore, was was elected President. The proposals include the withdrawal of ships and payment of owner's losses. [Received Aug. 25, 11.50 a.m.] London, Aug. 24. At a meeting at Sunderland, attended by 5000 Trades Unionists, the Secretary of the Sailors Union announced that his Union was about to actively support the Australian strikers; he also stated that Aus--&i»lian delegates would attend the Interaction Conference of sailors at Glasgow. Brussels, August 22. The strike among the colliers is extending, and 12,000 men are now out. Bekmn, Augusfc 22. ! The Emperor William lias sent delegates to Lancashire to ascertain and into the working of the labor flaws there. M«r Bradlaugh proposes to ask that a Parliamentary Committee be set up to enquire into the results of the Australian Unions dealing with the labor question. New YottK, August 22. ►Serious reports are received from Governor Illiner as to the New York Central Railway strike. The porters dt the Chicago North Western and engineers and firemen have struck for higher wages, and the result is that the railway track is filled with meat trains. Sydney, August 24. The Shipowners' Conference at concluded last night. The tajeeting was r. thoroughly representative one, delegates from every Australian Company being present. The questions of the general revision of ships' articles, complement of men to be carried, fate of wages, hours of labor, were discussed, and left with aboard of experts to deal with. In the matter of the demands of the Mercantile Marine Officers' Association, it was unanimously agreed that bo officer should be given the command of a vessel if he was connected •with any Association affiliated to any labor organisation. It was also unanimously agreed that no free labw engaged during the strike be discharged jxt the termination of the struggle, proviuded such labor was competent, and was of good behavior. A letter to the .Seamen's Union was drafted, which, after traversing the whole difficulty, gays :—".For the owners to pay away enormous additional sums per annum simply means that vessels are to he run at a loss, and, tlierefore, the simple alternative is not to ru«. ,steamers at all. We may inform you that owners are now preparing new articles, u^der j which they will be shortly ready to offer employment, and the intended] rtite of wages, the hours of labor, and j othor conditions will be revised, with the view of a more equitable and satisfactory adjustment of relations between shipowners and employees." ! (Received August 25, 11.30 a.m.) •Sydney, August 25. The Labour Defence Committee has passed a resolution that, m event of any real necessity arising, active steps should be taken on the part of Government to prevent any section, of the community being deprived of the necessaries of life. The various organisations undertake to place all labor required at the disposal of the State. ■ (Received August :25, I p.m.) SVI'NEY, AugftKifc 25. The number of strikers is .-daily increasing. Several veusels are trading! with non-Union crews. ; The Tarawera is being discharged.! by her own crew. Owners o( two! small trading craft have conceded the , demands of the men. ! Large mass meetings wev« field here j yesterday, which wore .addressed by! the various labor representatives, who] set., forth their side of the question. ' HoBAiiT, August 25. ' Several vessels have been despatched from Launccston with non-llnionist crews. There was somo excitement but no disturbance-

Dunedin, August 23. Mr Millar, Secretary of the Maritime Council, cannot give a definite answer pending the Shipowners' Conference as to whether the Australian shipping dispute will affect the New Zealand trade. He has been endeavoring up to the present to prevent the Union Steam Shipping Company's boats being affected by the difliculfcy, but if a general strike "is resolved upon it is probable the order to cease work will extend to them.

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LABOR QUESTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890

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LABOR QUESTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890

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