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Auckland, Sept. 4 A conference of importers and Labour Umon authorities was held to-day to consider the difficulty *egardlng. the food supply, mie most important suggestions ware, first, that importers and the public could appeal to the Union Comply to secede temporarily from the Australasian Shipowners' Association, pending decision of the question at S" by the Auckland merchants should combine to charter vessels for the conveyance of 3EXST fche *»*•' No=iwpsttl^: isrz si members hav e decidecl to supprfc %

merchants who make an independent stand, and who sell their goods to Unionist 5 and non-Unionists alike. Wellington, September 4 The Railway Commissioners have issued excerpts from the regulations under which employees are engaged, for the information of the public. Rule 19 says— " Government retains the right to assign such persons the performance of any other duties which the business of the department may render necessary." The Commissioners are giving permanent employment to those who replace men who have declined duty. Messrs Cottrell and Co., carriers, who are threatened by the Harbour Board with proceedings for damage? for breach of contract, say they will hold the Maritime Council responsible for any damages m which they may be cast by the action of the latter m withdrawing the men. Cheistchurch, September 3. Business at Lyttelton is much m the same position as it was yesterday. There are more men employed on the U.S.S. Company's steamers than ther« were yesterday. One peculiar phase m regard to working steamers is m connection with the s.s. Wakatu, a coastal steamer, owned m Kaikoura. The Wakatu arrived from Wellington at 2.30 o'clock this morning, and at eight o'clock Captain Wills wanted to work his ship. The wharf laborers' casual hands refused for some reason. Captain Wills has a crew on board of all Union men, and there is no infringement of the principles of Unionism m regard to the ship, so far as the captain can see. The New Zealand Shipping Company's Kaikoura sailed for London yesterday morning. The ketch Huon Belle sailed for Wellington this morning with a cargo of produce. Everything is very quiet m Lyttelton. The platelayers who were dismissed by the Railway Commissioners have not yet been for their money, though it is ready for them. s The Waihora was seen from the Heads last evening, and was expected to reach Port about eleven o'clock. It is understood that the Lumpers Union of Lyttelton have now decided not to allow their members to work any ship or steamer m Port. All the trade of Lyttelton is, therefore, now dependent on non-union labor. The New Zealand Shipping Company's s.s. Duke of Westminster was working coals all day yesterday and up to midnight last night. She sails for Wellington at 8 a.m. to-morrow. There were two gangs working on board the barque Serica all day yesterday, and good work was dons. The non-unionists who have been working m the port went to Christchurch by the 5.15 train yesterday. There was no crowd down to see them off, and no demonstration was made. The s.s. Tekapo was a full ship at 3.45 p.m. yesterday, and half-an-hour later she was taken out into the stream ready to proceed to Sydney to-day. She has a full complement of officers, seamen, and firemen aboard her, and a competent staff of stewards. The s.s. Jubilee finished taking m her outward cargo at 4 p.m. yesterday, and at 5 p.m. sailed for Wellington, her next port of call. She took a large cargo of produce hence. His Worship the Mayor of Lyttelton sent the following telegram to Wellington yesterday to the Hon. the Defence Minister :—" Understand that application will be made for Permanent Militia to preserve order. Emphatically assert that there is no necessity for their services. Please consult me before doing so.-— (Signed J. B. Milsom,-Mayor.") Dunebin, September 3. As showing how they are meeting the difficulty, the Union Company point to the fact that the Tekapo has just discharged five hundred tons of coals at Lyttelton, and loaded two thousand tons of cargo, making the fifth steamer loaded there since the strike commenced.

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

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