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j>ER PRESS ASSOCIATION.] "-•■■■■>■■'■• Sydney, August 25. | {The seamen, firemen, and trimmers of the Union Company's w-.sels Tarawera and Taieri refused duty to-day, notwithstanding that Dunedin is their port of discharge. Both steamers still have a large quantity of cargo oh board. The Coal Lumpers' Union has notified that after the present dispute is settled, the revised rules will come into operation. The Steamship Conference- has decided to request the press to cease using the offensive term of " blackleg." They propose that such labor should be referred to as " free labor." Meetings will probably be held this week m Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide of employers of all kinds of labor. It is estimated that if the accumulated demands made against the shipping industry were conceded they would mean yearly an increase m expenses of £200,000. The Mariposa managed to finish discharging by means of non-unionists. The southern colliers refuse to supply coal to steamers running against the Steamship Association, and the Newcastle mines are likely to do the same. One result of the Conference at Albury has been to bring about a better understanding between the intercolonial companies m regard to carrying on the present ruinous com* petition. It is expected m consequence that a considerable amount of tonnage will be laid up, the effect of which will be to throw a large number of j men out of employment. Despite all difficulties the P. and O. Co.'s mail steamer got away up to time. A large meeting of Avarehousemen passed a resolution of sympathy with the shipowners, and promised practical assistance. Eight hundred employees m the soft goods trade have volunteered to discharge and load vessels m which warehousemen are interested. Brisbane, August 25. A number of assaults have been committed by Unionists on those who have incurred their displeasure. Howard Smith's wharf was taken possession of to-day by Unionists who prevented nqn-union laborers reaching it. In consequence of the attitude of the strikers, a number of special constables have been sworn m. London, August 25. A mass meeting on Tower Hill passed a resolution of sympathy witli the Australian strikers. Burns ridiculed the Shipowners' Union which has just been formed m the United Kingdom. New York, August 25. The Supreme Council of the railway employees m the United States debated the position for twelve hours and adjourned till Monday. It is improbable they will order a general strike. Public opinion supports the Central Railway authorities. Berlin, August 25. Tht Minister of Commerce proposes that an exhaustive enquiry should be held into the condition of labor m Germany. (Received August 26, 12.20 p.m.) Sydney. August 26. There is no material change m strike matters, "^he Shearers' Union has forwarded its first instalment of £1 0,000 to assist the strikers. Brisbane, August 26. p.There is a good deal of excitement over the labor difficulty at Rockhampton, where public sympathy is against the strikers, and shopkeepers have refused to give credit to the latter. Volunteers are rapidly discharging vessels. Melbournk, August 26. The Unionists assaulted a party of laborers, who had to seek refuge at the police station.

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LABOR QUESTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890

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LABOR QUESTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890