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[per press association.] London, September 3. At a meeting of the Union Labor Council to discuss the question of pecuniary assistance to Australia the attendance was only scanty, the leaders being conspicuous by their absence. Tillett, who was amongst those present, said he preferred to see the shipowners organised, ;»s it would enable them to appreciate Unionists better. A Finance Committee was appointed, with Tillet Chairman, Burns Treasurer, and Mann Secretary. The Unions are competing for the honor of heading the list of contributions. The dockers, having spent all but the funds which are invested, were compelled to borrow to remit £1000. j The shipowners request the Ocean Companies to abstain from taking any coastal traffic pending the settlement of the strike ; also that the Unionists should not be employed m loading or unloading m London. It is expected dockers will refuse to unload Homeward vessels m retaliation for this action on the part of the owners, but the latter intend to act on the defensive, and "will not attack the Unionists until themselves are attacked. London, September 4. At the Trades' Congress at Liverpool Burns announced that he had received a telegram from Melbourne that the dispute had become a general lock-out, and that money was urgently needed. The London dockers will place subscription boxes outside the churches where special sermons are delivered, and will make collections where possible. Boxes are to be placed m streets and public-houses. Ten thousand bills appealing for assistance have been posted throughout the metropolis. Workman's, Political, Friendly, and Temperance Societies throughout the United Kingdom will hold meetings m all large towns. Union leaders m America and of the Bourse de Travail of Paris have been invited to assist Australia. The Executive of the Shipping Federation will appoint Committees at out-ports and establish agencies throughout the Kingdom and Colonies. It is intended to deal with the local strikers by laying up ships, the owners of which will be indemnified by the Federation. There have been many fresh adherents to the FederationThe seamen and firemen at Liver pool are organising to resist the Shipowners' Federation. The dockers at Liverpool are agitating for eight hours. The Labor Council of the port of London appeals to all trades to assist the Australian strikers. Sydney, September 4. The greatest difficulty is experienced by shipowners m getting or keeping crews for their steamers. The Union Company engaged a number of seamen, but found one or two Unionists among them, who succeeded m inducing others to clear out. Something approaching a riot occurred this afternoon. The free labor bureau was rushed and wrecked; one man was so badly injured that he had to be taken to the hospital. Three hundred special constables were sworn m, to-day, A great number of no-union laborers did not appear at their work to-day, owing, it is alleged, to fear of maltreatment. During the last few days large numbers of revolvers have been sold, and one firm alone state they have disposed of 700. "* Large forces of mounted infantry and troopers .are massing m the city from country districts to reinforce the local men m maintaining order, Another huge demonstration of those on strike will tal^e place on Saturday, when it is estimated fully 150,000 will parade the principal streets. Two of those who had taken part m last night's disturbance have been sentenced to seven days' imprisonment, and another to three months. Adelaide, September 4. Ihe Maritime Council has submitted a scheme, drawn up by it, for the establishment of a Board of Concilia tion, to the shipowners. It was proposed that the parties interested should be everdy represented, and all disputes hfi settled by independent arbitrator. The shipowners declined to entertain the scheme.

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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890

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Labor Questions Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890