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Labor Questions

[per press association.]

London, September 8. Owing to a steward on the steamer Moravia, at Leith, refusing to join the Seamen's Union, the crew and dockers struck. The Shipowners' Federation engaged a non-union crew and dockers, who went to work under police protection. Similar action is to be taken as other cases arise whatever the consequences may be. Messrs Burns and Tillett return to London from Livei-pool to-night. They intend to devote all their energies to the collection qf funds far-Australia, The stevedores are sending £280 to ( Melbourne, and £600 to Sydney tomorrow. The Southampton dockers have struck till their union obtains recognition. Their demand is supported by the coal porters, seamen, and firemen. Trade is paralysed in consequence. Pickets are stopping trains between, the stations and the docks. Sixty policemen, who were sent down from Lpi^on t.Q reinforce the local division, were roughly handled, and everything points to a riot being imminent. London, Sept. 9. The Maritime Dockers' Union have cabled £1000 to Australia. The " Chronicle " upholds the cause of-the. strikers. ..... ,-.•., fails' will not be 'inlerfered" with at Southhampton as long a,s. ; non-union labor is not brought inio the town, ? Syuney, Sept. 9. An extraordinary run took place on the banks at Broken Hill to-day. Fora considerable time the Bank of ISfew South Wales and the Bank of Australasia were fairly besieged by depositors and others. The excitement was caused by the resolution passed at a meeting of miners to the effect that the Miners'' i

Association and kindred Associations give the banking institutions twentyfours' notice that if they do not at once discontinue monetary and other support to the shipowners, all sympathisers with labor will immediately demand gold on any notes they may hold »nd withdraw their accounts in gold. The banks made efforts to borrow gold from other offices which had not felt the rush so badly,, but were only partly successful. Crowds kept up continual cries of—" The capitalists ain't going to fight us with our own money, we will have gold. Your paper is no good. We will have gold for it." The rushes ceased after a couple of hours. The Union Company have purchased 150,000 tons of slack coal at Mount Keira colliery. The employers' conference has met. The proceedings of a preliminary character will be conducted privately. It is announced that the conference does not propose to take notice of the present difficulty, but has met merely to consider the, future policy of employers in connection with labor troubles. Owners intimate that they have no desire to meet the labor party. The stewards of other companies are following the example of the Union Company's stewards in sticking to their vessels. ■ , . A number of officers of the Australian Steam Navigation Company applied to be taken back, and the; request was complied with in a few instances. Nbwcastlb, Sept. 9. While the wharf laborers were loading a home steamer with wool to-day a number of bales shorn by non-unionists were found. The men declined to load them, and, as the shippers insisted, matters are at a standstill.

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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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Labor Questions Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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