THE STRIKE IN NEW ZEALAND.
EXPECTED STRIKE OF RAILWAY SERVANTS.
STOPPAGE OF TRAINS.
A NEW PHASE.
Chkxstchurch, August 30. The following telegram has been sent by Mr Edwards, Secretary of Railway Servants to the Railway Commissioners »t Wellington:—"The Executive of the Railway Union expresses regret at the action of the department m compelling permanent men to take the place of casual wharf labor m Lyttelton and elsewhere. Must earnestly request Commissioners to remain neutral, and withdraw all men from wharf laborers' work m ships and trucks. Consider the present action a sure way of causing a rupture between Commissioners and men. If men not withdrawn as requested at once the Executive will not be responsible for the consequences. ' The wharf laborers withdrew the ■whole of their men from the sheds and Tessels at Lyttelton at one o'clock to-day. It was decided to work nothing but meat cargoes. Westport, August 30. The Anchor line and Union Company have raised freights to Westport 50 per eenfc. After two o'clock yesterday two separate gangs of railway men refused to load coal, consequently work was suspended. All workshop hands and permanent way, but five, and several others, are now' out. The whole railway staff is expected to go out. The train service is entirely suspended since List night- ,,,.. The Mawhura sailed for Wellington last night, witlj a fair cargo. The seamen cheered the local Unionists. A levy of ten shillings per man has been struck for the support of lumpers. Timaru, August 30. The «.s. Herald called here this morning, and' wa« ordered to Dunedin. The Beautiful Star arrrived at noon, and is being discharged. At a meeting of employers this morning, a* which mercantile and milling firms and fannei's were represented, a resolution was passed declaring the present strike ill-advised, and sympathising with the Union Company m the struggle against the tyranny of the Maritime Council. In reply to a circular from fclie wharf laborers those pi'tsaent pledged themselves to make no distinction between Union and non-union labor, and any intimidation of lioivunion labor will mean their dispensing with Union men. Wellington, August 30, The strike among seamen and wharf laborers tffciO continues, and it is estimated 450 men are out. . The Penguin s cargo is still on board, but the Company expect tp get her-away for the north this evening. Leal advice is being taken with a view to prosecuting the crew who left last ni"ht without' giving notice. IfThe crew of the Wanaka, which arrived
from New Plymouth this morning are out. None of the officers of the Company's vessels m port have as yet given notice. The Waratea is not yet discharged, but the crew are out. The Rotokina has been anchored m the stream, the Company fearing an attempt might be made to cut the ropes or interi fere with the crew. It ia not likely she will leave port for a day or two. About 900 persons assembled to watch the arrival of *;he Kanieri, from Blenheim, which is manned with a non-union crew. Precaution waa taken by putting the crew below as the vessel came alongside, and therefore no demonstration took place. The police had a chain stretched to stop the progress of the mob, but it parted, and the wharf was rushed. The police telephoned for reinforcements, but it is not at all likely there will be any disturbance, though a good-deal of "chaff" is indulged m. It is expected the Wairarapa, which arrives this afternoon, will be discharged *>y volunteer labor. A deputation from the Sf fttnen's Un *n is to wait upon the Collector of Customs and offer a protest against vessels which are manned by unskilled labor being allowed to leave the harbor. The owners of the steamer Lawrence, which is at present undergoing repairs, expect to have her ready for sea by tomorrow night, when she will leave for Mohikinui to load coal. She is to be manned by Unionists, and the owners have undertaken to dispose of her coal at prices which were prevailing before the strike. The owners decided not to assist the Union Company m any way and will not allow any of the coal brought by the Lawrence to be sold to them. At a meeting of lumpers m the employ of the Wellington Harbor Board, it was decided not to handle any goods from the Union Company's boats. " ' A mass meeting of unionists takes place »n the arrival of the Wairarapa. Later. The hatches have not yet been taken off the Kanieri, and the non-union crew have not yet made an appearance on deck. The crowd still linger round the steamers. The Wairarapa will be unloaded by the Harbor Board and Union Company's clerks. The Omapere, which has been laid up near the railway wharf, is to be moored well out m the stream, fears being entertained she might be cut adrift. Timartj, August 30. At a meeting of employers a telegram was read from Messrs Nelson Bros, to the Freezing Company, asking if they would join them m declining to employ Union labor. The present was an opportune time to knock down the whole system, and they would never have a better chance.
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Latest Telegrams., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890
Latest Telegrams. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890
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