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Augbxakd, September 5. This morning the whole of the crews of the Northern Steamship Company's steamers m port here struck, and without a moment's notice, left the vessels at once. The officers also struck, leaving only the captains, stewards, engineers, and cooks on board. The reason assigned is that the Northern Company assisted the Union Company by taking their fire bars, up to Russell for the Pukaki, and also brought non-Unionisfc labor to town for- the Union Company. The men are perfectly satisfied with their treatment by the Northern Company, and regret having to go out on strike. The crews of the Clansman, Wellington, and Rowena are out, and crews of other vessels join them on arrival m port. The Wellington has shipped a non-Union crew. She brought down from Whangarei thirty non-Unionists for the Union Company. Messrs Ralph Bros., Huntley, have given a guarantee not to supply the Union Company's vessels,- and their miners have come back, and the mine is working again. "Wellington, Septembers,, Messrs Cottrell and Co., carriers, having been advised by their solicitors i that they could not hold the Maritime Council responsible for any damage they might sustain through the calling out of their carters, have deoided to fulfil the • carting contract with the Harbor Board by means of non-Union labor-.' The steamer Jubilee arrived from the South this morning. Her crew, who are Unionists, and several local Union men cliscliargecl her. She left for Sydney m

fche afternoon. There was a little cheering as the vessel left the wharf. Government have chartered the steamer Laurence to proceed to Greymouth for a cargo of coal. (Jhristchurch, September 5. A mooting of employers, attended by about 200, was held this afternoon under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce, Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and Industrial Association. Mr Wm. Recce, President of the Chamber of Commerce presided, and the following resolution was passed : —" That an Association be formed to secure to its members all the advantages of unanimity of acLion now enjoyed by AtMoeiated Trade Unions, and to provide ?i recognised body having authority to deal with representatives of labor m all matters affecting their common interests, and with a view to the adjustment of all differences between employer and employed." Mi Acton Adams moved :—"That it be a direction from thisnieetingthattheExecutiveimmediately place themselves m communication with, other Associations of similar character m other centres of New Zealand m order to form a federation of employers of labor for the whole of New Zealand ; that it be a direction from this meeting that the Executive cause an election to be made of representatives to form one half of a Board of Conciliation, which shall form a I final Court of Appeal to determine all questions which employers and employed may be unable to settle themselves." — Carried. A Provisional Executive of 24 members, representing commercial, agricultural, and industrial interests was appointed. The speeches delivered were, with two or three exceptions, very conciliatory m tone. The City Council's proposal for a conference on the labor dispute has fallen through, for the present. It was intended to hold it at 4 p.m. to-day, but owing to the employers' meeting representatives of theChamberof Commercecouldnofcattend. The Secretary of the Maritime Council stated m reply, that negotiations were opened m Dunedin, and proposals had been made to hold a general conference m Wellington, but he did not advise the ■ appointment of any delegates. The Belfast Freezing works close on Tuesday next on account of the scarcity of fuel and stoppage of business. One hundred and forty-three nonUnionist laborers were working m porb to-day. Fourteen days notice of cessatio* of work has been given at the Kaiapoi Clothing Factory. The Woollen Mills stop this week. A crowded meeting was held m the theatre under the auspices of the Labor Unions to-night. About 2000 were present, and th raeetingwas very orderly. Mr F. S.; Parker, the President of the Trades and Labor Council, presided. Resolutions were passed approving of the policy ef the Maritime Council, expressing the opinion that the Union Steamship Company should withdraw from the Australian Shipowners' Association m their own and the colonies' interest, deprecating the aggressive policy adopted by capital, condemning the present universal system of competition as being the cause of the difficulty between capital and labor, recommending mutual cooperation, and regretting the action of the so-called "free labor." The tone of the speeches was conciliatory to some extent, but most of the speakers considered there was a determined attempt on the part of some capitalists to crush labor organisations generally. A collection was made for the Unionists out of: work, and £19 6s obtained.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890