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Labor Questions

[per tress association.]

Loxdon, August 30 to 31, The question of granting assistance to the Australian strikers will be the first matter discussed at the Liverpool Congress. The Joint Collecting Committee will be appointed at Limehouse on Tuesday, The stevedores are organising a meeting. The dockers' general appeal met with a cordial response, and there is enthusiasm at the docks. A British Shipowners' Protection Indemnity Union is being organised m London. The shipowners and brokers have formed a separate association. A meeting will be held on Monday to consider the position m Australia. The dockers stipulate that the money forwarded to Australia shall be properly distributed between the places affected. More will be sent on the following evening. The " Standard " says it would be a national disgrace if the dockers did not assist the Australians.

A correspondent writing to the " St James' Gazette" insinuates that the Secretaries of the Australian Labor Unions enrich themselves by selling the right to work to outsiders. Lord Derby speaking at Bury said he was not alarmed at the labor disputes. It is the duty of the Stata to keep the ring clear and see the fight was fair. London, September 1. The Southampton Dock Laborers have resolved not to go out on strike. ... Sydney,. Sept., 1..„, The proceedings of the Miners' Conference are being conducted privately. , The crews of the steamers Taieri and |Tarawera have been discharged. The Ohau's crew refused to leave the vessel, and the Mararoa's refused duty. The shipment of fish by the latter vessel has , been landed. ! The new Mercantile Officers' Assofciation is making substantial headway, and is not allied with any other labor organisation. It is expected that jnembers of this Association will receive precedence m filling up vacancies caused by the present crisis. The Tasmanian S.ET. Co. now Has Melbourne and Tasmania m its own iiands. -■ The Australian United S.NV Co. has Sydney and Queensland, while 'the Melbourne traffic is at a standstill.' p3oth Howard, Smith, and Messrs Hoddard, Parker and .Co.'s fleets are laid up. The T.O.N. C 0.,. and •;the A.U.S.N. Co. are working their %oats slowly by means of non-union ( crews, and it is expected that during next week most of the other companies will resume under similar conditions. As each vessel's complement is made ■up she is to be despatched. t Melbourne, Sept. 1. Larrikins have set set fire to a shed 'erected by non-unionist labor. Collingwood gasworks have been extinguished, and the corporation will light m the city by electricity to-night. Freights have been raised another 25 per cent to-day.

Auckland, September 1,

The Huntly mine owners have been notified by the Miners Union that they 1 must not supply coal to the Union Com- : pany's steamers. A large number of the city police were present to-day on the Queen Street wharf, where the Australia is unloading, guarding the barricade erected there. There was no sign of any disturbance. The Australia was discharged to-day by a number of warehousemen, but the goods were/left lying on the wharf, or m aheds, the Carters Union have refused to cart any cargo from the Union Company's boats. Bread has advanced halfpenny per two pound loaf. The steamer Pukaki has completed loading coal ab Russtll, notwithstanding a resolve of the Miners Union there not to work for Union boats. The vessel took m coal stored m railway trucks. She leaves' to-morrow for Fiji. The railway station master at Hamilton, Wailtato, has received notice that pay of the men will be reduced to four days per week, though six days' work may be required . Prices have come up largely m that district, especially m flour, coal, and potatoes. The Master Carters met to-day and resolved to continue to cart goods from the Unionl Company's steamers, :'employing non-Union men for the purpose.' The gas supply m Auckland will last \ for live or six weeks ac least, and probably longer. The Unionists protested to the police against the erection of barricades on the wharf, but Inspector Brohara's reply was that the police must do their duty. Bread is up a half-penny per loaf. . ■ , :Gb,eymouth, September 1. When the Moa arrived last night with cattle two wharf hands were put on to assist the crew to land the cattle, but they were immediately called out. „ - The Brunnerton miners will not get coal for the Moa. Bread has been raised to 7d per 41b loaf cash, m consequence of the rise m flour. . : Westport, September 1. Everything is, quiet to-day, and there has been no change. The. Mahinapua is still lying m port awaiting instructions} from Dunedin. The crew will not do a hand s turn. Wellington, September 1. The Insurance Companies are providing s patrols to guard against any attempt at incendiarism, and the principal warehouses are taking similar action. A large meeting of Railway Servants^ this evening passed a unanimous vote of thank? to those M.H.R.'s who have upheld the labor cause, particularly Messrs. Fisher, Fish, and Seddon. The meeting declined any information re the ballot. The cooks and stewards, excepting the chief stewards, leave the Union Company's vessels at nocn to-morrow. , * At the meeting of the Typographical | Society this evening, it was decided to take 'no action whatever with regard to the Union Company's advertisements. A deputation of Unionises waited on Sir Harry Atkinson this afternoon, urging Government to mediate m the present difficulty. Among the speakers were Captain Highman, Messrs I). P. Fisher, Meyers, and Seymour. The Premier re-' plied that for the present Government were content to maintain law and order, but when the time arrived would consider the question of mediating. Wellington, September 1. Everything about the wharves to-day is very quiet, and the conduct of those on strike is most exemplary. A fresh complication has arisen owing to the Harbor Board engaging non-Unionists, and the Seamen's Union has declined to permit the crews of the coastal steamers outside of the Union Company's to assist m landing cargo, if it is to be handled by non-Uriion labor. If non-Union men are

engaged to discharge the vessels the Union will call out the crews. The carters

have also been instructed not to remove cargo discharged by non-Union labor. In some instancees to-day ■ the consignes removed their own goods m private carts. This action will practically block the coastal trade. The Doric is almost ready bo sail for Lyttelton, and it is not likely she will be affected. The New .Zealand Shipping Company's barque Wind3braut requires only 150 bales to complete her loading for London. These arrived by the Queen of the Souih, but the Union

this morning refused to land them. Later m the day, however, they were discharged, and Captain Rose, local agent of the Company, is confident he will get them on board, even if it has to be clone I with their own hands. The Union Company discharged the steamers Kanieri, Waihi, and Wanaka with non-Union labor, and m the afternoon the former sailed for Blenheim. In order to prevent 'the Union winning, over the laborers, the Union Company this evening sent them on board the Takapuna, which is anchored m the harbor. The Takapuna will be discharged to-morrow, and the Company expect to get the Wanaka away during the day, and possibly the Penguin, A meeting of merchants was held this afternoon to discuss the difficulty,- but they decided to give no information to the press.

The Typographical Society has approached the local newspaper proprietors urging them not to publish advertise-

ments of the Union Company. The Society met again this evening, when the question was further discussed, resulting m a decision not to interfere with the advertising. The want cf coal is being severely felt, and several factories m and around Wellington have had either to suspend operations or reduce the time of working. Some, however, are carrying on bjr means of wood. Business generally is depressed, and several large firms have given their employees a week's notice. Christchuecii, September 1. At a quarter past four this afternoon the Railway■, Servants' ..Executive., called , out all railway mon who were working m trucks;at Lyt^Hbn. ■; This is inconsequence of the "platelayers, clerks, ** etc., having been taken from their ordinary work and put into the trucks. ■< A few; members of the Amateur Athletic Club are assisting to lattdi coal px> Wakatipu. ' ' The labour people have been instructed from Dunedih to work the Jubilee at all hazards. , Business is at a standstill m Lyttelton. Several factories m. , Christchurch : ard working half tim'6, or have given the hands a week's notice. , The City Council to-night passed unanimously #ie following/resolution :— '' That this Council is bf i opinion that His Worship the Mayor shbuld invite two representatives from each of the following Associations — Chamber of Commerce, Agricultural and Pastoral Association* and. Industrial Association; and three each from the Maritime Council and the Tradesi and Labor Councils for the purpose of discussing the present labor difficulty,' with a view'to bringing it to a satisfactory settlement. . • , A meeting^ of the Wharf Laborers' Union, the Railway Servants? , Society, and Maritime delegates, decided to handle and put on board ships and steamers produce belonging to horiafide farmers,? but not that" belonging to merchants, or the Co-operative Association, and 1 to send a telegram to Sydney, or Melbourne as the case might be, to request the Unionists to allow the produce to be landed and distributed. ' The meeting &lso resolved that if steamers loaded with farmers' produce wanted crews, they would be prepared tosupply chem, so as. to get the produce away. They had rio quarrel whatever with the farmers, and. were quite prepared to handle and ship' their produce. As regarded ■' the dispute between themselves, and the Union Company, they were anxious that a conference should be held at once to consider matters. ; This evening a-well-known shipper of produce offered to the Union leaders to mediate m the difficulty, They explained they had no wish to injure farmers. He undertook to dtp his best with others m Christchurch to settle the dispute. The Tekapo has now 1700 sacks of produce on board. Nearly all the extra pblic* have withdrawn from Lyttelton. The 1 Unionists appointed a guard to keep order, and this evening some rowdy characters from Christchurch and elsewhere, who began to make a disturbance, were walked off by thje labor guards, and, sent away from the port. Everything is now very quiet. iNVEkcAJMHii, September 1. The strike ; epidemic extended tq the theatrical profession to-night. T'iy'e members of tlie St. Maur Company, after the audience dissembled demanded two> pounds each as the price,of fcheir appearance for the night. Mx St./Ma^r,declined to accede to their demand jtoifi! returned the' money to the audience. He explains that this was to be the last performance of those members, and knowing hat their places were to be filled by others to-morrow'night, they thought! fit" to attempt to exact .their own terms for the night. The Company has done very good business here, playing a longer season than usual m the town.; - ' ,*; \ Fleming and Grildison have stopped the night shift m their roller mills, which have been running steadily night and day since erected. Wantdf outlet for the surplus produce of :the mills through the Maritime- strike, and an uneasy feeling among local vendors, who are limiting stocks, are the cause of the stoppage.

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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2507, 2 September 1890

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Labor Questions Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2507, 2 September 1890

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