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THE STRIKE IN NEW ZEALAND

The Waihora, on her last trip to Aus- i tralia, did not visit Sydney, as trouble was feared. She brought a full cm\f>o of coal from Newcastle to New Zer.Li^u. A ! rumor that the Union Company had made an agreement with the Waihora's crew not to strike is contradicted. ThePukaki left Wellington for Newcastle to-day. The Union Company deny the statement made m certain newspapers chat the strikers will be refused employment on any of the Company's boats. The men m the Addington Workshops yesterday received notice that m future they would only be required to work four days a week. They will not resume work till Monday. Employers atChristchurch are requested by advertisement m the local papers to be at the Railway Station at noon to-day, to help by their presence m the work of unloading and discharging the steamers. Mr Brown, President of the Wharf Laborers' Union, was m Christchurch during the greater part of yesterday on the affairs of the Association. Wellington, August 2% The Union Company's steamer Manawatu, from which the crew withdrew this morning, left for Westport m the afternoon manned by non-unionists. The local oflicers of the Seamen's Union are confident that when the vessel arrives at Westport she will be unable to obtain a supply of coal. Telegrams are passing between the Cooks and Stewards' Union and headquarters at Dunedin, and it is expected that the members m the employ of the Union Company will be called out owing to the Company utilising non- I unionists. Captain Highman, Secretary of the Marine Officers' Association, states that ihe officersjon eachboaton which uon-unin labor is employed will give twenty-four hours' notice. He also states that the officers of the Wairarapa sailed from Dunedin under a threat of imprisonment, but intend to leave the vessel when she reaches here. Owing to slackness of trade and the difficulty of sending away goods Messrs R. Hannah and Co. have placed thenhands on half time. Messrs Stewart and Company's sawmill was not working to-day owing to want of coal, and Tyer's fellmongery and tannery at Ngahauranga ceased opeiations mainly from the same cause. Mr G. London, Secretary of the Wellington branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, states that the locomotive foreman has requested the running staff of the Wellington section to acquaint him with the line of action they might be prepared to pursue m the event of the Railway Executive desiring them to stop work. It is understood that the men will decline to commit themselves to any definite answer. The Takapuna's men will leave her on her arrival here to-morrow, instead of waiting till they go South. Nelson, August 28. The steamer Takapuna left port this evening with a large number of passengers. The Union Company are not announcing any other departure. Westport, August 28. At a meeting of the officers of the Grafton, Mahinapua, and Mawhera, a resolution was passed protesting against Mr Millar's request to break the agreement recently entered into with the Union Company. Telegrams to this effect were sent to-night to Captains Wheeler and Highman. At a meeting of the Westport branch of the A.M. L.A. this evening, it was resolved that Unionists refuse to work m connection with the Union Company's vessels. A special meeting is to be held to-morrow. Timaku, August 28. Forseeing the difficulty of shipping away flour, the mills have, given the hands a week's notice and shut down. Dunedin, August 28. The crew of the Brunner left the vessel at noon, when their notice had expired. The officers, crew, firemen, and trimmers of the Te Anau gave notice to-day as soon as the vessel arrived, and they leave m the morning. Notwithstanding this, the Company are sanguine that they will be able to despatch her for Melbourne on Saturday, The cooks and stewards of the Te Anau had a meeting, and decided that they would notstrike, and those of Jjie Brunner have come to a similar decision. At a meeting of the Wharf Carters and Storemen's Union general regret was expressed at the present position of affairs m the colony, and hopes were entertained of a speedy settlement of the dispute. At the same time members did not sco how the Maritime Council could have acted differently, /is if the Unions were defeated m Australia a like result would follow m New Zealand. A resolution of confidence m the Executive and a pledge of financial and moral support was passed. The Union Company are confident from the applications received that they will be able to keep their boats running, with the exception, perhaps, that a few of the smaller ones will be laid up for a day or two. As soon as the Banks' Peninsula returned from Oamaru to-night the crew and firemen, who had given notice yesterday, packed up their kits and left the vessel. The Company are receiving applications from all quarters for vacancies on boats, those of officers being more numerous m the North. The Te Anau's men gave notice this morning. The Company received a telegram from their agent at Auckland stating that he had officers, seamen, and firemen ready for the Pututki and Waihora. if necessary and sufficient men to meet any emergency. It is understood that m the event of any officers going ashore at Dunedin they can be replaced. At a special meeting cf the Typographic Association, it was resolved to make a levy of 2s 6d per member per week m aid of the seamen and others on strike. The s.s. Penguin sailed for Wellington at 9.55 o'clock last night. It is not thought likely that the wharf laborers will refuse to work the Colac, expected to-dny, which, although flying the U.B.S. Co. flag, is a chartered vessel. Laet night the following steamers of the Union Steamship Company's service were m port: —Wakatipu, from Newcastle, with coals on lx>ard for transhipment to the Mamari, Kaikoura, and Duke of Westminster ; Tekapo, from Newcastle, with 600 tons of coals on board, to be landed to-day ; Dingadee, from Westport, with 600 tonii of coal, part to be landed here and part to gt> to the hulk Lota ; Beautiful Star, taking m cargo for Akaroa, Tim am, Mid Dunedin, and to sail to-day. The Rotorua, from Wellington ; Colac, from Timaru ; and Wairarapa, from Dun* edin, «w» Ane m Port to-day The Wairarapa leaves Lyttelton tor Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Auckland,

and Sydney to-day. A full complement of men has also been secured for the Tekapo, and she is announced to leave Lyttelton for Sydney direct on Saturday. The Union Company's arrangements for to-day's work are understood to be all completed and it is estimated that some 200 non-unionists will be at work on the vessels m port. Wellington, August 28. ' The Pefcone Woollen Mill has only a small supply of coal. It has been working short hours for some time, and will probably fui-ther cut the working time down to husband the supply, but if no more coal is available within a fortnight, they may have to stop altogether. Flour has gone up £4 per ton. Potatoes ! and onions have also risen. Sugar is m great demand, but the supply is limited. Great alarm is felt at the prospect of coal failing, since the suspension of the trains has threatened to make the supply of wood very costly. Within a few days many businesses will have to stop if no coal comes m. The Union Company are keeping theirs for the contracts they have to fulfil. Dealers have been besieged all day, and m most cases forced to refuse or dole it out by the hundredweight and quarter ton. The gasworks have about 200 tons of coke, but it cannot be carried out fast enough to keep up with the demand. Dunemx, August 28. The Company's coal supply is large, and will last for a considerable time. The railway coal supply is a heavy one, but the authorities have taken steps to nurse it. An announcement is made of the discontinuance of a number of trains, five trains of the Port Chalmers line ceasing after to-morrow. The men at Hillside Workshops also received notice that they would only be required to work four days pisr week m future. The stock of seaborne coal m Dunedin for general purposes is practically nil, but so long as the lignite and brown coal mines are not interfered with, this fact will scarcely affect manufacturers and others. As the Kaitangata miners have not all joined the Union, and many of the Green Island miners are nou-Union, any attempt to cause all men to knock off would not be likely to prove successful. The gasworks have a coal supply to last up to the 26th of next month, and it is believed they can carry on for a longer period if desired. Of general stock the only items m short supply are sugar and kerosene, but a vessel with a supply is aboul due from New York. Some sugar, which would usually bring about £25, was sold to-day for £29 10s. Invercaegill, August 28. The gapworks have six weeks' supply of coal on hand. Auckland. August 28. The President of the Auckland Trades and Labor Council, Mr R. Mills, left today for Wellington to attend the coining Labor Conference.

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THE STRIKE IN NEW ZEALAND, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2504, 29 August 1890

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THE STRIKE IN NEW ZEALAND Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2504, 29 August 1890

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