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Labor Questions

[PBR PKESS ASSOCIATION.] Bklsbane, September 8 Three hundred Unionists attacked a party of non-union laborers this morning. A general ensued. One Unionist was arrested and rescued by his comrades. A force of a hundred police then put m an appearance and six rioters were arrested. Melbourne, September 8. Sailed—Te Anau. The Government are chartering steamers to bring coal for the railways. The vessels will be manned by officers and men m the service of Government, and it is anticipated there will be no difficulty m getting coal at Newcastle on condition it is only used for railway purposes. London, September 8. The Trades Congress has decided to boycott firms employing blacklegs and dealing unfairly. Birthwhistle and others consider that Unionism has been ruined by decisions of the Congress. Sixty-thousand took part m a trades procession at Liverpool. The celebration was a great success.

Wellington, September 8. The Premier has forwarded the following letter to Mr D. P. Fisher, Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council: —6th September, 1890. Sir, —With reference to matters brought before me by a deputation from the Trades and Labor Unions at our interviews on Ist and 4th inst, and m fulfilment of my promise that I would give you a reply m writing, I have now the honor to inform you of the decision Government have arrived at. I desire, m the first place, to express my satisfaction at the very reasonable tone m which the deputation put their views and wishes before me, and to state that Government would be glad to do anything m their power to bring the present deplorable strike to an end. I have carefully considered all the arguments the deputation urged, and have, with regret, come to the conclusion that any interference on the part of Government by way of mediation at the present time would entirely fail to be productive of satisfactory results ; and I feel assured that, until the leading authorities of Unionism have considered and determined upon what basis they would be prepared to negotiate for settlement of the dispute, satisfactory results cannot be expected. I therefore think that it would be very desirable for the deputation to urge the views they have expressed to me at our interview on the authorities m Dunedin, where no doubt they would receivefavorable consideration, —which, m my opinion, they {deserve— and, I confidently hope, result m some proposals being made which might form the basis of permanent settlement of the prenent difference. I was particularly pleased with the emphatic declaration of the deputation that what they desired on the part of Government was impartial administration of the law during the present difficulty, and I now repeat the assurance that I gave that Government will see the law strictly enforced m all respects. I trust also m the assurance given me by yourselves that you will support the Government loyally m assisting them to put down any demonstration which might excite ill-feeling, and possibly lead to a breach of the peace. I shall be very happy to receive representatives of any of the Unions if at any time they thought my advice would be serviceable.— I have, etc., H. A. Atkinson. I It is stated the Premier has received a telegram from Sir .Robert Stout, m Dunedirv stating that efforts made by Mr Justice Williams, the Mayor, and himself to bring about reconciliation between parties to the present dispute had entirely failed. Mr McLean states the Union Company intend to lay up several of the Colonial steamers until the summer months. At an employers' meeting to-day the following resolution was passed:—" (1) That this meeting pledges itself to retain the free labor now employed by those present, and that, as regards vacancies m their establishments, they will employ such labor as they require, without regard to its being Unionist or free ; (2) that as soon as the Committee has considered a scheme on the lines of that promulgated m Napier, a meeting shall be called by advertisement of all employers of labor." A young man named Moorhouse, engaged on board the steamer Penguin, was jostled on the wharf to-day, and had to return to shore. He threatens to take action for assault. Among those who went to Dunedin by the Penguin this afternoon were Captain Highman and a number of officers who had come from the north. It is intended to hold a conference of officers at Dunedin. The Customs authorities have ascertained that the Moa, which was stated to have left Westporfc undermanned, had four hands on board. The general impression here is that there will not be a railway strike. Christchukgh, September 8. I It is stated that since the beginning of the strike non-Union. labor m Lyttelton has loaded some 4500 tons of cargo, and discharged over 1500 tons. At the Agricultural and Pastoral Association's committee meeting to-day, Mr John Anderson, junr.. president, referred to the present labor difficulty m New Zealand as follows :—"The whole trouble has arisen through the affiliation of Unions, the result being alike disastrous to the country and to the working man. I feel as certain as one can be certain of things m this world that time, the great solver of all problems, will put this matter on a fair and equitable basis. In the meantime much damage is being done, and it behoves us as a community to do everything m our power to lessen the injury, and I think the thanks of this Association are due to Messrs Stead and Turnbull, together with the young men from both town and country, who have so vigorously and successfully carried on the work of the port." This afternoon some non-Unionist laborers, attempting to cross the hills into Lyttelton were met on the bridle path by a party of men who turned them back after a scuffle. A few non-unionist laborers returning from Lyttelton by the 5.15 p.m. train got out at Wilson's Road, and were assaulted by a faw young men who had apparently been lying m wait at the cross road. They got away, but one fell on-the kerbing of the footpath, and is said to have hurt himself badly. At Lyttelton yesterday the non-Union laborers were attacked by young men. Details of the disturbance are as follows : A gang of non-Union laborers, while being conducted by P. Cameron from the Is ew Zealand Shipping Company's shed to work on the Northern Monarch, were attacked by a score of young men near No. 5 shed. They made no fight, and some wero knocked down. Extra police were sent to Lyttelton from Christchurch m consequence. It is said the disturbances were all caused by young men not connected with the strikers.

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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2513, 9 September 1890

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Labor Questions Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2513, 9 September 1890

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