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The ai'ea of the labour troubles appears to be widening almost hourly. They have already caused a most serious 'disturbance of the trade of the colony, and if, as is feared will be the case, the 'strike extends to the railway employees, whose decision is to be made known to-day, an almost entire stoppage of many branches of trade and industry must result. Coal, and provisions of all kinds, are rapidly rising m price, and though a few persons may benefit temporarily, and to a limited extent, from this fact, the great bulk of the population—the wage-earners, shopkeepers, merchants, and mauufacturers — must suffer severely. If the strike be prolonged, thousands of women and children will experience the sharp pinch of actual distress, even perhaps to the verge of starvation. It is a deplorable outlook, and the more deplorable that all the trouble has arisen, not from among ourselves, but from an outside cause. Surely this points to the true remedy —viz., that the scope of action of our labour Unions, Shipowners' Unions, and all Unions, should be limited by the bounds of the colony j that is to say, that no strike should take place m New Zealand except for * a New Zealand cause. Were this so, then the Unionists of this colony could much more efficiently help Unionists m other lands m their struggles, because their luwnbers, being themselves earning money, could contribute very much more largely of the sinews of war than they can while themselves out of work, and consequently themselves m need of aid. We are firmly persuaded that m this direction lies the true solution of the present unhappy difficulty, and >ye earnestly hope that $he efforts which are being put forth m all our chief cities to bring about a settlement upon this basis will be speedily successful. Everybody admires the members of the Labour Unions for the selfdenial they are showing, and the lawabiding and orderly conduct which has up till now distinguished them; but everybody (many of themselves included) must necessarily regret that all these gopcl qualifies should be strained so severely m 3, struggle which, we cannot help thinking, could have been avoided^ a,nd a. teEhi^tjp.n, of which is most devout})!! to be desired.

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THE STRIKE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2509, 4 September 1890

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THE STRIKE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2509, 4 September 1890