■*■-•■ ■ It is unquestionably a calamitous thing that there should have fallen upon tliis colony the misfortune of experiencing, m the most acute- form, the evils attendant upon a severe struggle between labor and capital; and the more so that, as regards the Union Steamship Company and employees, the latter do not urge any serious grievance, and have only been dragged into the present dispute out of loyalty to the cause of Unionism, and m sympathy with their brethren m Australia. In so far as the action of Labor Unions m this colony is concerned, it is clear, therefore, that the action is of a selfsacrificing character, and m that respect does them honor; but we do think that it is a mistaken policy which renders it necessary for men m New Zealand to "go out" on account of trouble arising outside of the bounds of the colony. Why should not the Union organisations of New Zealand be self-contained, or that, if there be need to have recourse to the ultimate weapon of a "strike," that resort should only be taken m connection with any grievance arising within New Zealand. It this were the cfefee, then we feel persuaded that it would be quite possible to obviate the possibility of such an occurrence. Certainly, it would not have occurred m the present instance. Then, again, the Unions m New Zealand would be m a better position to further the cause of Unionists at Home or m Anstralia, under such circumstunces, inasmuch as they would be the more able to provide assistance m the shape of money; because now, themselves thrown out of employment, and necessarily deprived of income, they will not be able to assist their fellows. This is ;i view of the matter which we commend to the heads of the labor organisations, being persuaded that m this, as m other things, the more independent the colony is the better.
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THE STRIKE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890
THE STRIKE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890
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