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THE BRUNNER Dipi€ULTY. G^e^mouth, August 27. it a meeting of miners this afternoon, iy. l^asL decided to take a ballot to-morr«OT forenoon as to whether they wou^ij accept the Company's offer of a r^clvscfcipn of 5d per ton on pillar workings. A telegram was receive^ the Union Compaqwers «,ctvertwing for free laboi\ Mr Lornag, President of the Aji^awiabect Minar.s' and Laborers' A-wdation, left 1 the. chair for a time, on account of some charges mad& against him by a member of the Union. It is not expected that the result of the ballot will be favorable to resuming work on tlu**>. terms. The support coming ii\ for the locked-out miners is nothing like what was anticipated. So far if, has only b^on. aj>.out §b, pel; WQeky ' .

News received from Wellington states that a fear exists that the railway hands will join issue with the rankers. The New Zealand Seamen's Union has railed out nil hands from the Union Oo<np;my\s boats. A>j Napier, stocks of coal are small, and flour will soon be in short supply. A number of mercantile firms at Wellington have given their storemen a week's notice, in order to be prepared for possible stoppage of business. From inquiries made by the "New Zealand Times" in Wellington, it appears that stocks of many important articles are extremely lov.r. There is only about a fortnight's !!'i;u* on" hahd^'lOO tons of potatoes, 150;> .sacks of oats, a very small quantity of wheat, 50 tons of chaff, and 5800 ci;;cs of kerosene. The supply of household coal will scarcely lastmore than a weekTho crew of the Wairarapa left the ship at noon yesterdy oh arrival at Dunedin. A large crowd assembled on the wharf. It is stated that several fresh men are engaged, and it is believed that a crew will be obtainable : to-day. Consequent on this engagement of noii-Union labor twenty-four hours' notice has been given of all the seamen leaving the coasting vessels. .

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THE STRIKES IN NEW ZEALAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890

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THE STRIKES IN NEW ZEALAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890

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