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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —I noticed m the columns of Saturday's "Guardian" an announcement that the local agent of the Union Company is prepared to engage men to work on the wharf at Lyttelton. Without going into the pro's and con's of the present crisis, I would like to draw the attention of intending non-Unionists to the point involved m this struggle, viz., the privilege of men combining togethei to form Unionß to protect themselves from the over-powering pressure brought to bear from the other side. It is a wellknown fact, that Unionism has kept the wages standing steady for the last six years, and m doing that you will agree with me, Sir, that non-Unionists have been benefited as well as Unionists. It necessarily follows that, if men are so mean as to go and work for the Union i Company now, they are only adding more strength to the lever which is trying to upset Unionism. In fact, Mr Editor, they are only making a rope to hang themselves with. Ido nob know whether the agent has engaged any as yet, but I earnestly ask the working men of Ashburton to be true to themselves, and if they cannot assist the Unions, not to fight against them. If the capitalists gain the day now, through the agency of non-Unioniats, the working men may class themselves as serfs, and not as "free laborers" ; and when they are eating their bread without butter, they will then know what it is to work by the sweat of their brow for a miserable existence. Thanking you, Sir for space.—l am, etc,, Fidelity. September Ist, 1890.

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UNIONISM v. NON-UNIONISM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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UNIONISM v. NON-UNIONISM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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