MANIFESTO BY THE MARITIME COUNCIL.
At a meeting of the Maritime Labor Council, at Dunedin yesterday, the following manifesto was prepared : — "The Directors of the Union Steamship Company having issued a manifesto, in which they endeavor to lay the whole blame of the present difficulty, upon the shoulders of the labor patty, we feel it to be our duty to lay a plain statement of the case before the public, and they will, perhaps, see thai; we are not responsible, but that the blame lies with the Shipowners' Association. We distinctly deny that we have been anxious to have a trial of strength as they state ; on the contrary, we have done everything in our power to I avert it, but the Steamship Owners' Association, seeing that the various Uniona throughout Australasia were becoming in their opinion too powerful, decided to endeavor to crush them put, and with the object of effecting a rupture have studiously avoided entertaining proposals submitted by various Unions. "The present dispute originated some two months ago, when the officers belonging to the various Companies resolved to form a Union. After doing so, they submitted their rules and rates of pay to the Association, but the latter declined to recognise them. After this the officers affiliated with the Trades and Labour Councils of New South Wales and Victoria again submitted their demands, when a conference was arranged between the two parties; but prior to the date on which it had been agreed to hold it, the Shipowners' Association sent notice that they declined to meet them unless they withdrew from' the Trades Councils. This the officers declined to do, upon the grounds that as an individual Society they had failed to gain recognition from the Association 1, "and, furthermore, that it was arbitrary .and unjust, on .the part of the shipowners to debar them, from affiliating with the Councils, whilst the shipowners retained the right to themselves to band together in an Association. .■•• " Efforts have repeatedly been made by the officers and seamen to have their demands considered at a conference, and decided upon their merits^ but all their efforts have proved fruitless, owing to the off-hand and contemptible action of the Shipowners' Association ; and it is lihis. treatment which has compelled the labor bodies to show that they intend to demand!. that respect which they : as men are entitled to. " We admit that no direct quarrel with?, the Union Company exists at present,, but the Union Company being; portion of an Association which- has openjy expressed! its intention of crushing 'tli'e LaborUnions, cannot expect to be allowed to run free; and thus far they share the ■responsibility of causing the presents crisiig. as had the Union * Company and Austrian Steam Navigation Company, who practically seem to work together, used their voting power in the Association to prevent this dispute, it would never have taken plate.' - ' ' "The publio can therefore see by the foregoing statement, that the treatment accorded to the Labor Unions by the Shipowners' Association has forced them into their present position, as they had either to fight or lie down and be kicked, and they chose the former. " The Seamen's Union of New Zealand have endeavored to prevent the stride extending to New Zealand, and the= Directors of the Union Company have admitted that it was impossible for \i» to do* anything more than we have done, unless we instruct members to work with blacklegs, and as evidence of the feelings of our members we may B,uAply point out the fact that the orews of the; Tarawera, Taieri, and.Gibau left in Sydney without ins,tru.qiions from us sooner than work with blacklegs ; and this feeling is openly expressed by every member; of the Union who has had fta opportunity of expressing it. Had the Union Q&mpany not employed blacklegs the%dney wharf trade might still have been kept open, as would also the coastal trade ; but having thrown in their lot with the Association and determined to assist them in crushing the Labour Unions, they cannot &py longer expect us to work for them, Nor can the New Zealand public I expect the New Zealand seamen to allow themselves to be the tools of any employers who are endeavouring to crush the labour organisations of Australasia. Although the seaman may regret that theiraction may cause a paralysis of trade, they maintain that their action has only been t fcaksn in self-defence. "John A. Millar, Secretary."
The authorities representing t\\e wharf laborers at Lyttelton have received instructions to discharge the steamers Colac and Jubilee, the former on her arrival at Lyttelton to-day, and the latter on her return to the port, fcom Dunedin in a day .or two. The xsh&hi for this action is that the owners a? the Jubilee have nothing todo wi!^ the Shipowners' Association; wj^fe. the crew of the Colac, being shipped under Australian articles, must be taken back to an Australian p;>rt before they can be discharged from their vessel. The Union Steamship Company, it ia stated, are, about to advertise for nonUnion labor, in order to enable them to. ■ get their ba'tts away in spite of the action of the Maritime Council. It was stated in Lyttelton yesterday that the firemen and seamen on the steamers sailing from Lyttekon toDunedin had B^eived instructions to give, wU*» tlHSi*.'miles froj^ Dunedin Heads* notice o£ tjieir intWIR to leave theh- ships. ' -':^ 1 In consequence of the cessation of traffic between Australia an^'t^js Colony, the Postal authorities litfc Oilristehurch only despatch mails tttya ,one port to svnother, and do no^C gW|fiitee any Australian maife being fdr^pd.
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MANIFESTO BY THE MARITIME COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890
MANIFESTO BY THE MARITIME COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890
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