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LABOR QUESTIONS.

[JPJSR PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Brussels, August 25. Seventeen thousand men are out on strike m Belgium. London, August 25. Two thousand harvesters m Dublin County have struck. John Burns writes that the English workmen are willing to assist their brethren m Australia, and are conndent the latter will be victorious before help is available to the capitalists. New Yokk, August 25. The Supreme Council, while endorsing Grand Master Workman Powderley's position with respect to the Central Railway strike, has refused to .order a general strike. Vanderbilt's railway men decline to strike. . , __ Sydney, August 26. The Union Cos. steamers Ohau, Tarawera. and Taieri are being unloaded by non-Union labor, of which there is plenty available. The employers have established ft labor bureau where non-unionists can apply for work. Stewards and cooks still remain on the Union Company's vessels. Newcastle, August 26. The Agricultural Company's men have struck, and there is every probability of a general strike m the coal trade. , , , A large crowd rushed the steamer Gwyder, dragged the non-Umon laborers from their work, and severely used them. The men were ultimately rescued by the police. Melbourne, August 26 The crew of the Tasmanian steamer Tenders refused to strike. [&emved August 27, at noon.] 1 London, August 2b, Acting on a cablegram received by Mr G Bhipton, Secretary to the Trades Council, the Dockers Union has resolved to extend moral *nd pecuniary assistance to the Australian strikers so soon as they hear the nature of assistance required. # A deputation representing the Sailors, Firemen, and Dockers' Unions have asked for an interview with the Directors of the British Indian Steamship Company, with a view to urging them to instruct their Australian agents to comply with the demand of the Maritime bodies m those colonies. At a meeting of 20,000 Derbyshire miners, resolutions were earned demanding eight hours as a day s^ labor. Similar meeting* have been held m other districts. (Received August 27, 11.30 a.m.) x Sydney, August 27. The Labor Defence Committee has decided to allow wharf laborers to discharge deep sea vessels. Miners m Wallsend colliery have struck. o ~ Melbourne, August 27. The gas stokers have gone out on strike, but the Gas Company are confident they will be able to maintain the supply by non-Union labor. At a meeting of employers it was resolved to urge employers who are not already members of the Union to join at once, so as to ensure united action being taken*in repelling the unjust demands of labor organisations. (Received August 27, 12.20 p.m.) * Sydney, August 27. The principal Broken Hill silver mjnes are shut down for want of fuel. About K*oo non-union laborers aie employed, berthed, and fed on the ■wharves. The Labor Committee announce that they are prepared to sacUwtefce contracts for loading and discharging vessels. The Conciliation Court Bill, dealing with labor difficulties, and introduced m the House of Assembly by Mr Dibbs, leader of the Opposition, provides that the Court shall consist of five or six persons, one from each side, with a permanent President, who is to have ihe status of a Supreme Court Judge. The Marine Engineers have, by a majority of fourteen, disapproved of ■the action of the Amalgamated Society (of Engineers m calling the men out. MswaoußNE, August 27. Arrangements 'have been made to run «wal trains from New South Wales as tlie North East Railway system is dependent upon that colony for itsj coal supply. Brisbane, August 27. The police hav«e been reinforced by 150 of the permanent force, under arms, who will be called out m case of emergency.

DraneniN, August 26. Private cable messages received from Sydney convey a large nmount of information -with respect to the development of matters re the shipping strike m Sydney. The Union Company's Tarawera, Taieri, and Ohau are getting their cargoes discharged by non-Union laber, plenty of which is available. The A, A. Company's miners have all gone <->ut on strike on account of the Corimia being coaled from i the mine. All the Souther" colliery proprietors have decided iwt< to coal steamers running outside the Owners Association, and it is probable the Newcastle proprietors wij) follow suit. Meanwhile there is a prospect of all the miners at Newcastle coming out. The crew of the Flinders, one of the Ta,smanian Stea>» Navigation Company's vessels, Isavo refused to strike at the command of the Seamen's Union. Tlic foiloAvitig manifesto lias been put forward by the Union Steam Shipping Company: — "The Directors °f "ie union Steam Shipping "Company of New Zealand have arrived at the conclusion, with much

regret, that the present policy of the Labor Unions of all Australasia, which has led to the imminent paralysis of trade m all the colonies, and which has kept up constant irritation and unbearable uncertainty m. all departments of trade for seme months past, is the outcome of a general determination on their part to try their strength with all employers of labor. There has been no dispute of any serious character m New Zealand, and the disputes m Australia cannot be considered to bear any relation to the measures adopted by the Unions. The Directors have, therefore, no alternative left but to fall m with the resolutions of the Steamship Owners' Association, and other employers of labor, and to support them to the utmost of their power m opposing the encroachments of Labor Unions by every possible means, until it is found that negotiations can be re-opened with some prospect of such a settlement as will enable them to conduct business with some degree of comfort and confidence. They have no hesitation m declaring that the wages paid by them for many years are such as no reasonable men can complain of, and that their relations with all classes of their men have always been such as they have a right to regard with satisfaction, and, therefore, they unhesitatingly throw the whole responsibility of the very serious disorganisation which is about to ensue upon the shoulders of the leaders of the Unions." The Christchurch Manager of the Union Company yesterday received *he following telegram from the Head Office Dunedin :— " The Lumpers' Union are withdrawing the men from the Wairarapa, Te Anau, and other intercolonial steamers on arrival. Will not interfere with costal services m meantime unless non-union men are employed." Wellington, August 26. The act of calling out the crews from the intercolonial boats of the Union Company by the Seamen's Union was done at the instigation of the Maritime Council. The Union Company has withdrawn all sailing fixtures of their intercolonial boats from the advertising tables. A rumor is prevalent to-night that there will be a general lock out on the Union Companv.s steamers to-morrow. A telegram is known to have been received from Mr McLean stating that he fears a areneral strike to-morrow, and telegrams on the subject {ire actively passing among the officials of the Maritime Council. It is believed here that the men would be willing to cut adrift from the Australian organisation if the Union Company would sever their connection j with the ship owners on the other side. The wharf laborers have determined to strike to-morrow if necessary, "Wellington, August 27. No fresh development of the labor difficulty Ims taken place here. Thu men I are working on the wharves and vessels ; as usual. Uunkdin, August 26* i Eighty men have given twenty-four hours' notice to leave the Wairarapa, dating from noon today. Mr Millar, us Secretary of the Seamen's Union, wired to the Executive of tlw Marine Officers' j Association, apprising them of what had taken place, and ho is confident they will take similar action. He explains this I action was taken because the Union Company are connected with the Shipowners' Association, and the only way m which a satisfactory settlement can be arrived at would be by the Union Company seceding from the ShipownersAssociation, and paying the men m their employ the rates which the Australian shipowners refuse to give. The lumpers will discharge the ship here, but no cargo will be put on boarc'. by Union labor. Similar action was taken m reyard to the HaiH?oto and Tekapo. The Ellis line wilj not be affected, as they hare complied with the terms of the Association, It is said if no compromise is effected, the Union Company wjiU lay up thenwhole fleet. It is understood that Hie Seamen's Union will not interfere with the Interprovincial service at present, but business men consider it inevitable that the coastal service will eventually be involved. A report was freely circulated that the Company intended to lay up the whole of their fleet. The Directors of the Co. met yesterday affcwn.qon to consider the matter, but no definite decision was arrived at, as they must be guided to a certain extent by the progress of events m Australia. ' The Company have received telegrams from different places containing offers of the services of largo numbers of non-union men to fill all positions on board their steamers, and it is believed nearly the whole fleet could be kept going by nonunionists if the Company chose to adopt that course, The Jubilee is not affected, and a large amount of freight was yesterday booked at high rates for Sydney, the agents refusing to take more. Only about thirty of the men belonging to the Tarawera have given notice. The engineers have not, and are not likely to strike, The Union Steamship ■ Company have suspended nutiuas both of their intercolonial and interprovincial services until further notice, It is evident the Union Company intend to fight the question out. They are advertising for men to man the steamers m which the seamen and firemen have given notice. Undeterred by labor difficulties, the Union Company cabled Home to-day to purchase two new and large cargo boats to add to their fleet.

1889, by swearing that the firm of Ford and iNtiwton were m a good financial position. Mr Young applied for adjournment for eight days on the grounds that he had not been able to get a splicitor, and that Sir R. Stout, who would give material evidence, had not arrived. Mr Whitefoord offered an adjournment for one day. Mr Young replied that was not enough, as he wanted an order to have the Bank of New Zealand books examined. Mr Whitefoord said he could not give the order, and did not think a Supreme Court judge would give an order for books to be produced m the lower Court. Finally, Mr Young accepted the adjournment. Mr Whitefoord said bail would not be necessary.

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LABOR QUESTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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LABOR QUESTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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