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Labor Questions

[PER PRESS ASSOCIATION;] London, September 5. Few shipments are being made to Australia, and the stevedores have little or no employment. London, S»pt. 6. The Trades Congress at Liverpool has closed. Before the closing a resolution to the effect that blacklegs should be boycotted was rejected, and an order was issued to Trades Unions to subscribe to the Australian strike fund. The dockers' shilling levy is not payable till September 27th. Mr O. Fenwick, M.P. for Wansbeck, was elscted Parliamentary Secretary to the Trades Council by 191 votes against 171 secured byMrG. Shipton. Burns failed to obtain election on the Parliamentary Committee of the Congress. Although the leaders of the new Unionism failed to capture the Parliamentary Committee, the Congress is pledged to forward the federation of labor m all countries. It was resolved that Government and municipal contracts be only given to firms paying Union wages, and that efforts should be made to secure an enactment forbidding the employment of foreign labor on pain of imprisonment. It was resolved that municipal and county councils should establish workshops for the unemployed at Union rates, and the repeal of all laws making intimidation and picketing illegal, is demanded. Burns made desperate efforts to dominate Congress. This aggressive attitude provoked frequent a scene, during which he was on several occasions hooted down. He manaced those opposed to him by threatening that their Unions would be punished, but his frequent speeches were rigidly curtailed by enforcing the cldturei It was decided that the next meeting of the Congress be held at Newcastle. An additional £500 by voluntary collection by London dockers is ready to be remitted to Australia. The Sailors' National Union will forward £1000 to assist the strikers, Melbourne and Sydney receiving £iOO each, and Brisbane £200. The Liverpool dockers send JBIOQO m aid of colonial men. The corn porters at Victoria Docks i have struck. The employers are offering 90 per cent increase. Albert dockers and those working New Zealand meat ships have secured an increase of 2d per hour. Coal freights to Melbourne and Calcutta are fixed at 21s per ton. Sydney, September 6 t Strike pay has been isssued to. the

Maritime officers. The majority of members state they can stand till the termination of the strike without as sistance. Sydney, September 7. The Tftieri lids sailed for Wellington, and the Union Company expect to get other vessels away during the week. It is estimated that fully 10,000 of the labor class took part m the demonstration yesterday. The whole marched m procession to the Domain, where the crowd wajr 20,000 strong. The whole proceedings., were of the most pacific character, and although 6000 members of the military and police force were present, their gervices were not required. \' " It has. been decided that coal lumpers shall be permitted to discharge vessels m port with cargoes of coal for the Gas Company. The Tasmanian S.N. Company, the Australian United Steam Navigation Company, m addition to the Union S.S. Company, broke through the boycott on Saturday and got away several vessels with full cargoes. The Government this morning re'cetvett an urgent telegram asking the assistance; of New South Wales m providing coal for the Victorian railways, which threatened to stop owing to want of fuel. The Premier, Sir H. Parkes, replied that every effort would be made to comply with the request.

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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2512, 8 September 1890

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Labor Questions Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2512, 8 September 1890

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