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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890
[per tress association.]
Syjdnby, September 2. At a meeting attended by 1500 em* ployers and leading business men this atternoon, the following resolutions ■were passed unanimously, with marked enthusiasm:—That the time has arrived when it is absolutely necessary that all employers of labor, capitalists, and others directly or indirectly interested, should form themselves into an association for mutual defence; that this meeting approves of the formation of an Employers' Defence Committee of Australasia, and that a committee be appointed to draft a scheme and invite co-operation m all the colonies; that it is desirable that all employers not members of the union at once join, and that all interested directly or indirectly be called upon to express their sympathy m a practical manner . that as the shipowners and others connected with maritime labor are fighting the battle of all employers against aggressive unionism, it is agreed to subscribe to a fund to assist them ; that this meeting condemns the system of boycott practised by the representatives of the Trades Unions, not only against employers but also against union and non-union fellow-workmen, as a violation of personal liberty, and antagonistic to the best interests of the Australasian colonies." The unionists boarded the German shipChemnitzto-day,andturnedthenon-Union labourers ashore 1 neck and crop, several of them receiving rather nasty falls, A howling mob surrounded the steamship Rodanto about to sail for Brisbane, and stuck up cabs going to the steamer, The occupants were then cross-exainined a,s to whether they were a portion of the crew engaged to take the ship away. Some who refused to give the information asked for -were unceremoniously dragged from their vehicles, and had to, seek refuge m flight, The Miners' Conference have decided to call out all the Illawarra miners but to allow the Lithgow miners to continue. The public will therefore be dependent entirely on the latter mine. A restriction has been placed upon Illawarra m order to prevent the intended supply of tjoaj to ships manned with crewp. Four strikers were to-day charged with breaking their contracts by leaving the employ of the Lanxbswool Store, and were fined £%0 each and posts, qp m default fourteen days imprisonment. The men had been receiving £3 6s per
week, and Is 9d per hour overtime. In their defence the men said that they dared not refuse the mandate of the Union. • At a meeting of the Association of Colliers it was decided to ■ close the mines indefinitely. Messrs Dalgety and Company have engaged sufficient labourers at £3 os per week to carry on. the wool exportation. Mblbotjenk, September 2. A force of mounted men and foot police are protecting the labourers who are discharging the Union Company's Monowai. Londou, September 1 and 2. The Dockers' Unions at all the seaports m Great Britain, are subscribing m aid of the Australian strikers, ahd it is expected that the amount raised will surpass that sent from the colonies during the dock strikes m London. At the Liverpool Trades Congress a motion by Mr Burns expressed sympathy with the men on strike m Australia, and urged all the Unions'to collect money for their assistance and to impress upon the public the necessity for subscribing. The Engineers' Society propose a levy of 5s per week m aid of the Australian strikers. The United Labor Council will discuss to-morrow the question of rendering pecuniary assistance. The Trades Congress at Liverpool is attended by 460 delegates, representing 1,500,000 Unionists. : The Dockers' Union have decided to make a levy on their members of Is per week m aid of the Australian strikers. The other unions will wait for a time m order to ascertain if the support is sufficient before making a levy. The stevedores, however, hare agreed to a levy of 5s per week. Washington, September 1. Congress has forbidden the importation of contract labor. Chicago, September 2. Eight thousand carpenters m the city have struck, demanding an increase of wages. Brisbane, September 2. Arrived—Union Company's steamer Rosamond from Napier with produce. The market is now pretty, well stocked and prices are falling. ■ The steamer Balumba is discharging with her own Union crew assisted by non-union wharf laborers, with the full approval of the Secretary of the Seamen's Union. Auckland, September 2. The lumpers discharging the ship Waitanjd struck this afternoon, as retaliation upon the warehousemen for sending their hands down last night to discharge the Australia. The Huntly coal miners are all out because of the refusal of the directors to pledge themselves not to supply coal to the Union Company. A mine owners' meeting is now being held, but it is private. The Auckland branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants have resolved to act according to the instructions of their executive m the present struggle, and to support the Maritime Council morally and financially to the utmost extent". They demand the reinstatement of the men suspended at Lyttelton and Westport. Napier, September 2. The Waihora was tendered without difficulty to-day with volunteer labour. There was a large crowd, but no disturbance, the wharf labourers looking on m perfect good humour. To-night the wharf labourers and • other unionists marched m procession to the Gaiety Theatre, where a large meeting was held. The speeches ■ delivered were with one exception moderate m tone, and an attempt to introduce politics was suppressed. Resolutions were passed sympathising with those involved m the. present labour trouble, promising moral and financial' support, and approving of the action of the Maritime Council. About £15 was subscribed m the room. Wanganui, September 2. The Waverley Farmers' Union passed a resolution to the effect that m the event of the railway employees refusing duty, the settlers here offer their services to keep the line open m this district. The railway servants meet to-mprrow evening to decide whether they "Sill go out on strike if called upon. The individual feeling is that they risk all if they come out, but will have to do so if called upon by the Maritime Council. There is likely to be a great divergence of opinion at the meeting, Wellington, September 2, In an interview with the local Press Mr George McLean denied that there was any truth m the statement that the company was under-manning their bo»ta, The risk was too great to permit it. Asked whether the Union Company would cut loose from Australia if the men did, he said such a proposal might come first from the unions, and if it did he he would be willing to lay it before the Owners' Association. The company had no quarrel with anyone* and would be quite willing to take the officers and men back, so long as there were vacancies, In any settlement being arrived at now there would have to be some modifications m the demands of the unions, which meant constantly increasing wages and would eventually land the company m the same position as the Grey Valley mines. He believed the officers, if left to themselves, would be back to* morrow. It is understood that the railway hands have decided to go out if the executive insist on the suspended men being reinstated, and the Commissioners refuse. The Railway Commissioners have determined that those employees who break the terms of Lheir engagements, and refuse to perform railway duties as provided under the rules and regulations which they have formally undertaken to observe, shall be dismissed from the service. The directors of the Gear Meat Company have decided to continue supplying the Union Company's steamers with meat at all hazards. The Riiilway Commissioners h»re issued the following rule under which the platelayers and others are engaged and work on the railways. The rule provides that every person will, as far as practicable, hare specific duties assigned to him, but when required he shall do any other du,tiea which the business of the railways require. The Commissioners state that, acting under this rule the platelayers, "for many years past, on exceptional occasions, have been called on to load and handle goods, and there is nothing unqsual m the present emergency m their h.avins' been requested to do what is purely railway business." A number of High School boys have been engaged lumping on the wharves tochij. The circumstance was referred to | with derision at the mass meeting on fche reclaimed land this afternoon. In the event of the Railway Servants Executive calling out members of the society, Mr McKorrow is confident that a su,fnoienb number of employees will stand by the Commissioners to enable them to carry on a reduced service, and he says that a large number of applications for employment have been received, by the Commissioners, Wbstkkrt, September 2. A local butcher is being boycotted by the union because he assisted the Union Company's boats to coal,
The seamen paid off from the Mahinapun, left by the Charles Edward to-nighfc for Wellington. The Navals' band played them to the wharf, where a large crowd assembled. Christchubch, September 2. About 800 men altogether are on strike i Lyttelton. No sailing ships are being worked. Clerks from the Union Bank at Christchurch are loading the Coke. At 10.30 a.m. the cooks, stewards, bakers, and butchers on the Union Company's steamers came Out to a man. The manager of the railway asked the clerks to stand by the Commissioners, but they derlftrjd, \nd a general strike of the railway I,rinds is on the cards. At ILmgina at a meeting of farmers it was stated that volunteers would get Is 3d per hour for eight hours, and 2s 6d Ml hdur overtime. ' Nelson and Moate have givan their hands notice that they may have to dispense with their services. rJ he third katch of permanent hands, including the tally clerks, storemen, and others, who were working at the Tekapo, were, called out. One railway man, a storeman, stayed! Clerks and farm hands are now working m the trucks. A large meeting of the Chamber of Commerce this afternoon passed the following motion.:_" That an urgent telegram be sent to the Commissioners of Railways, stating that the Chamber,, while regretting the circumstances which compel them to take action, are prepared to nnd labor to carry on the trade at Lyttelton, provided that the Commissioners are prepared to continue to deliver cargo alongside vessels m port, and that the Chamber will be glad of any Urgent reply on this point, to>enable them to make ouch arrangements as are necessary to prevent a stoppage of the crade at Lyttelton." The telegram was sent off and a committee were appointed to make arrangements for carrying out the resolution. Several more offers of assistance to load ships have been made by farmers. Other business firms have given notice to their hands on account of the stoppage m trade. ■ .-.....• The Union Bank clerks. loading the Colac did very good work. At 3.30 p.m. she left the wharf and anchored m the stream. Her crew left her at 7.30 p.m. One of the railway men on strike has stated that if they had been treated with a little more consideration by the officials at Lyttelton the result might possibly have been different; but he thought that it was time something was done when clerks were ordered into trucks under the threat of knowing the consequences if they refused, notwithstanding the statement of the Commissioners that each man was to be kept at his usual employment. . The Jubilee arrived thifc afternoon. Union men went aboard io work the cargo. Platelayers from .' Christchurch were put into the trucks by the stationmaster. They went m apparently unwillingly, and were at once called out by the union officers. They came out afc once, and mesmbers of the Wharf Laborers' Uniqn took their places. The railway men called out were given to understand that they were suspended when they left work. It is stated that cooks and stewards have been engaged to fill the places of those who came out. . The Kaikoura .lias .finished loading. Very good order is being preserved. Oamarit, September 2. A meeting of the local branch of th« Railway Servants' Union was held tonight, at which it was decided to ballot concerning a strike to-morrow. The following resolution was carried :-*-'* That the meeting 1 regrets and resents the action of the Railway Commissioners m regard to forcing members of the railway service to take the place of union wharf, men out on strike, thus setting the Railway Union at defiance by compelling its members to work on ships and wharves from which their fellow unionists have been withdrawn m order to maintain and advance the interests of labor," The general opinion was that the Commissioners were trying to foroe on a strike for some reason or other. Dtjnedin, September. ,2. All ia.quiet at the city wharves to-day. In reference to Mr Millar's "statement that the Te Anau sailed .with': sixteen hands all told, fourteen of .whom were clerks out of the Union Company's office, the. Collector of Customs here certifies that fifty men were shipped, a large majority of whom showed by the production of certificates and discharges that they were competent for the situations for whioh they had shipped. The ballot of cooks and stewards re suited m favour of the men deciding to come out on strike. The crews of the Harbour Board tugs were to-day instructed to give the usual notice to leave. Mr Justice Williams and Sir Robert Stout have consented to act with the Mayor m trying to effect a settlement of the dispute. At a meeting of the Butchers' Union It was resolved to give the contractor for supplying meat to the Union Company twenty-four hours' notice that all butchers will refrain from handling any meat for the company's boats. The Tailoresses' Union to-night decided to vote £50 for the strike defence fund. It is stated that an attempt will be made to boycott Donald Reid and Co.'s auction sales.
Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890
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