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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890
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Brussels, August; 29. There is great excitement amongst the coal miners at Mons, and as a disturbance is feared the military are being held m readiness to preserve order. Chicago, Aug. 30. The strike of switchmen employed m the railway stock yards m this city has collapsed. London-, August 29. In response to cablegrams from Austi'alia for monetary assistance m connection with the maritime strike, the Dockers' Union wired to all branches m Great Britain asking special daily donations. They are also requesting help from other local unions. A meeting of delegates from various trades councils lias been called to organise a national defence fund. London is placarded with a manifesto of th,e meeting, Newcastle shipowners have decided to join the proposed Unions. Sydney, August 31. Seven thousand Unionists, principally strikers, paraded the streets yesterday afternoon, and held a huge meeting m the Exhibition buildings, which was attended by upwards of 10,00.0 people. A resolution was carried unanimously—" That, as the principle of unionism is threatened by monopolists, this meeting declares the right of labor to combine for mutual defence and advancement, and must be maintained m.the.interests of the Australian democracy." The speakers deprecated the Newcastle riot, which they said could have been prevented had Government done its duty, The Secretary of. the Shearers 1 UiUo.n announced that he is. ready, vyith a. hundred thousand pounds. London, August 3,0. Half of the first £IQQO contributed by dockers to the Australian strikers
will be sent to Melbourne and the remainder to Sydney. Collections were to be made m the London docks and on the wharves to-day. A huge demonstration is proposed, and posters will be got out inviting Britishers to rally for Australia. If the branches consent the National Sailors' Union will send £1000 to the colonies. Coal porters and others are holding a meeting with a view to giving pecuniary assistance to the strikers. Resolutions will be proposed at the Liverpool Trades' Union Congress expressing sympathy with the Australians, and urging all Unions to support them. The " Saturday Review "says that if employers show resolution and selfsacrifice, they will defeat the strikers. The Associated Shipowners have resolved, at all costs, to uphold the action of the Shipowners' Association m Victoria m regard to marine officers dissociating themselves from other bodies. It is projected to form a Shipowners' Union, which will probably be supported by all small kindred Associations. All leading shipping bodies will be represented at the meeting on Tuesday. A scheme is afoot to form a Free Labor Association, members of which are to be non-unionists. This movement is m opposition to a scheme which is being formed to turn the Dockers' Union Into a co-operative guild of restricted members. The "Daily Telegraph" denounces John Burns for introducing coercion into the labor agitation, and m the course,of the same article warns the Trades' Union Congress, which is to meet at Liverpool, against encouraging the modern developments of "labor unions. The v Shipping Gazette " says London is gradually losing its position as the centre of the world's' commerce. Capital, it remarks, cannot be cribbed and confined by the dock laborers, who are better paid and work shorter hours than was the case previous to the great dock strike. Mblbouknb, August 31. The Secretary of the Employers' Union has received cable messages from London merchants, offering to give every assistance m their powei*. In order to conserve the gas supply the city will be without gas to-night, and it is not likely that any of the i church services will be held. The Employei-s' Union has considered a letter from the Strike Committee, suggesting that the time has arrived for a conference to discuss a basis of settlement of the present -difficulty, and the letter has been referred to the conference of the employers, to be held m Sydney on the jsth September. : r The Trades Council bitterly resent •the action of the Government m. calling out the military.' The police have warned Union pickets patrolling the wharves and jgasworks to desist, or they would be orrested. The Metropolitan Gas Company "announced that it will be able to resume the supply as usual from to- ' morrow, as free laborers -are now; experienced m the making of gas. Newcastle, August 31. A. number of cases of shanghaeing ;• free laborers are reported. One was ■found m the gutter di'jUgged and he had apparently been assaulted. ■ A conference; of miners will be held lin Sydney on Monday. * 'Adelaide, August 31. ; The Trades Council have Avritten to s the Chamber of Commerce, stating that their executive is prepared 1 to ;meet the steam owners' association and : employers m conference on Monday.
Auckland, August 31. The steamer; Waihora, with = a nonUnion crew, left last night; for Gisborne and the south. .The crew of the Australia are expected to strike to-morrow. ■Tlie Orowaiti's crew struck work to-day, and lumpers refused ito discharge cargo. Numerous offers of assistance are being sent to the. Union .Company, one t firm offering the services of 50 men. Thames, August 31. The Thames Miners' Union have resolved to ' * boycott" the publications of Whitcombe and Tombs, and express sympathy with the Maritime strike. Napier, August 31. Unionists refused to discharge cargo from the Wairarapa, and passengers and cargo were landed by " volunteer " labor. Wellington, August 30. A detachment of the Permanent Artillery has been told off to assist the police m guarding the barricade a*t the wharf. Indignation is felt at the artillery being paraded on the wharf, and a deputation is waiting on the Minister for Defence to ask him to have them withdrawn. . In deference to the views of the deputation, the militiamen were removed from; the wharf, but are kept handy m case of ja disturbance. Laborers who assisted m removingcargo from the Wairarapa were paid 2s 6d an hour for their services. Wellington, August 31. ! A general railway strike is reported to have been arranged, and is expected to take place early this week. Liberal members of Parliament are strongly urging the railway men not to strike. Arrangements may be made to settle the whole difficulty m the course of a few days. The Wairarapa sailed at 10 p.m. for Auckland, via Napier and Gisborne. 7 "In the morning a deputation from tlie Seamen's Union waited on the Collector of Customs^ protesting against men going to sea who were riot qualified seamen, and asked that vessels be stopped from going to sea until they were provided with the proper complement of men. The collector replied that he had no power to grant $he request, as there was nothing m the Shipping Act which made it compulsory for a ship to carry a definite number of seamen, or any at all. The cooks and stewai'ds are not likelyto go out, and the Union Oonip'aiiy recognising their loyalty, have decided, to keep them all on full pay, even m the event of their ships being laid up. Mr McLean had an interview with such of the company's chief stewards* as were m Lyttelton last night, when the latter decided to remain loyal. The officers m Ly-ttehon also had an interview with, Mr McLean, who said that he was. willing to. give them a free passage to Dunedin, where they could all discuss matters m conference, and afterwards, no matter what the result, the company would give them a fr(»e passage . back again. Mr McLean said that the company would maintain the position which they had taken up, and that they were, confident of their ability to do so.; brit," m the event of the officers deciding to re-enter their service, their present conduct m leaving their ships would not militate m any. way ,against their chances of promotion, The, officers said that they \v\d no grudge against the Company, ' , . ■■■—■.■■.■:;> Westport, August 31. v Tj|*e Peftftlsfcon, correspondent wires f^t
at a meeting the miners endorsed the action of the Maritime Council, and a total suspension of work. Ii the Coal Gompauy.is willing the miners will wrk and-Kupply steamers other than those of the Union Company. A resolution condomntiig the action of the business men m V/esport, m loading and discharging steamers^ was carried. Supplies are short. The situation is unchanged here. Food products are scarce at Wairnangaroa, and have to be packed, as no trains are running, There is about ten day's supply ftt Denniston, and the same here, Sixtyone out of seventy-one districb railway employees are suspended, and this means the withdrawal of £200 a week, from circulation, bisitlcs'' £1200 per ;■ week ■ at Denniston.
Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890
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