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Auckland, September 6. , The Directors of the Union Company are said, to be considering a proposal niade to them to purchase the Kamo coal mine, so as to ensure a constant supply of fuel. r Th"(| JVf ay or of Auckland, ,MV|Jpton, gave a dinner at the Auckland Club last night to the City Council and representative jiublic bodies; of Auckland. The Mayor said, speaking of the strike, that if that which seemed to be its cause was really so, then that cause was an insufficent one, and altogether out of proportion to the result; m other words, if this quarrel had arisen from the affiliation of the officers with the seamen, that was not an adequate cause why thousands of men all over the colony should leave their employment and cast their families into a state of destitution. The pickets of the labor party keep excellent order, and there is no molestation of non-union labor. .;■.--. The officers who left the boats at Auckland arrived m Wellington to-day by the Penguin from Manukau. Up to the present the Union Company have done their best to keep the officers positions vacant, though numerous applications were received, and even sent captains as second and third mates, to give their old officers a chance of returning. • The proceedings on the wharf both yesterday and to-day were most orderly, and tljere has up to the present not been anything approaching a disturbance; m fact, the Harbor Board and the Union Company authorities give credit to the men on strike for their exemplary 1 conduct. Mr Robert Seymour, Secretary of 'the General Committee of the Federated Trade and Labor Unions, states that although strike pay will not be granted until, next Saturday, the Committee paid away yesterday the sum of £50 m relieving cases of distress among families of those on Strike. Dunedin, September 6. It is said Unionists intend to draw all their money from Banks m gold, and where m majority m Friendly Societies induce similar action. Dunedin, September 7. The only development of any consequence sinoe Saturday afternoon is that on Saturday night the storemen decided to stand by their masters and leave the Union, and that the wharf carters and expressmen, being the other members of the Union to which the sboremen belonged, have decided to strike to-morrow morning." , : Oamaiut, September 6. A disturbance took place this afternoon m connection with the delivery of parcels -,by\ the Zealand Express Company, The man who was employed by the Company was called out by the Union yesterday, and a clerk oame from Dunedin to carry on the work, The express he was driving was followed rotmd the streets, by a large crowd of larrikins, who cheered when the consignees refused delivery' of their parcels, and groaned at those who accepted delivery. With two exceptions the expressmen of the town had nothing to do witli the disturbance. The young man smiled all through, and carried out his duties- When he had finished some 1 of the larrikies took his horse out of the express, and one of them struck him m fcliG face. The matter has been given iiifcoj, the :hands of the police/ The Unionist expressmen, with two exceptions, disavow all connection with the disturbance. , Auckland, September 7. A demonstration of Labour Unions m Auckland was held on Saturday, and was witnessed by thousands of people. The members of unions assembled near the

Queen atreet wharf, and marched m procession through the principal street 8 to Mount FCden ; they wore accompanied by great crowd,*. It is estimated th*t there wero about fifteen hundred m the pmcasi/on. The meeting was held m the crater of Mount Eden, and addresses were given by Pastor Birch and Mr G. Aldridge. The following motions were agreed to:—(I) That we, the representatives of labour, protest against the avowed intention of the Shipowners' Association to prevent the right of labour to combine ; (2) that this meeting has full confidence m the Maritime Council m thel'present crisis. . , , ,-.

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

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2512, 8 September 1890