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The Strikes.

The Melbourne correspondent of the " Ofcago Daily Times " writes : — What about the prospects of a settlement? That can only come from the Trades Hall. And which side is likely to win? The masters. They will fight to the bitter end. The question at issue is not wages or hours. It is tndes unionism y employers. The " complete boycott " is on its trial. The officers were distinctly told by the owners, "If you join the Trades Hall we cannot listen to you." To which the officers replied, " Without i Trades Hall assistance we cannot fight you." And having joined the Trades Hail th* officers are assisted all along the line. Where a strike is necessary for their assistance a strike is ordered; where a levy only is necessary the levy is made. But t]ie owners, are determined at last to see. out the complete boycott. They will fight the thing down, if possible. There are two ways of doing it. One is to get non-union labor to fi]l the shoes of the men who strike. If this cannot he done, the second is to starve out the strikers. Then the battle is narrowed down to the simple pomt—which side has the longest purse. But it has not come to fcliis point yefc. In Sydney the owners are beating the strikers. There the shipping firms have each an enclosed wharf, and non-union labor can be protected while at work. In Sydney, therefore, the owners have been fairly successful m getting their vessels loaded and discharged. In Meibourne", Adelaide, and Brisbane, however, the majority o£ the boats have had to be laid lip, though not all of them.

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The Strikes., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890

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The Strikes. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890

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