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Wellington, September 9. The Union Company, having decided to send the Rotokino from Picton to Brisbane for a cargo of coal, wired to the Australian United Steam Navigation Company, asking them if they could take transhipment cargo from Brisbane for Sydney. The company replied that they could do so, as their position was independent, having nine steamers running manned with free crews, and plenty of free lumpers offering. The Omapere sailed south this morning. She took the Tongariro's English mail. The Graf ton will leave for the West Coast to-morrow. Mr McLean states that the company, having decided bo lay up half of the intercolonian steamers until summer, he expects that after Thursday they will have to notify the old officers that all vacancies have been filled. According to the Registrar-General's returns the assets of the Trade Unions in the Colony only amount to about £5700, of which about £4000 belongs to the Seamen's Union. The police have effected several more arrests of persons charsed with interfering with non-Unionists. Several of the railway hands on this section have seceded from the Railway Servants' Society, but state they are willing to rejoin if the society disas- " sociates itself from the Maritime Council. Several storemen have returned to their former employers. ' The Directors of the Gear Meat Company met to-day and appointed three of* their number, Messrs Reid (chairman), J. «S. M. Thompson, and the' Hon. P. A. Buckley, to sit on the Arbitration Committee which is to deal with the question, of the Company supplying meat to •the Union Company's vessels. These gentlemen will meet arbitrators appointed by the Butchers' Union, Messrs S. Smith (President), F. Moote (secretary), and Dux ell, some time this Week, and an out-; sider will be chosen as Chairman. It is proposed to commence loadingthe Duke of Westminster with meat to- j morrow, and owing to the carters engaged to bring meat into town bein^ nonunionists, it is believed that trouble with the butchers will arise. . One of the free labourers has laid an information against a man named Lewis, a unionist on strike, for an assault committed on him this afternoon at the entrance to the wharf. Lewis was arrested at about 3 o'clock. ; At a meeting of the Employers' Association the Napier rules were reviewed and found unsuitable to Wellington, in i •onsequence of the greater variety of labour employed here. It was determined to establish a labor bureau. The boiler makers have decided to do no work for the Union Company. Dttnedin, September 9. The Maritime Council do not intend at present to publish the proposal submitted to the conciliation committee ns was intended, owing to the convening of the labor conference at Sydney, to which Messrs Sangster (Victoria), Davies (New South Wales), and Seymour (Queensland), have been appointed as delegates for the Council. The carters resume work tomorrow, this decision having been arrived at owing fco the public inconvenience caused. They will not, however, carry goods for the Union Company. The Bootmakers' Union to-night voted £100 to the strike defence fund. At a meeting of the wharf carters tonight it was decided by a small majority to resume work to-morrow on condition j that the employers pay off the non-union men lately engaged, and reinstate the old employees. The union agreed to make good any loss to non-union men. and pay their fares back to the places from which they canid. The "Globe." the organ of the unionists at Dunedin, understands that the various Labor Union leaders are withdrawing all their deposits from the banks in gold, and propose co hold the money in their safes until the,present dispute is over. It ia contended that the employers lean upon the banks in all their troubles and that withdrawing large sums of gold from circulation will so cripple the banks that they will be compelled to bring pressure to bear on their clients. All unionists are therefore being called upon to withdraw their private deposits from Savings Bank and banks in gold, and hold them in the meantime. The various unions will be called upon to draw out their funds in gold, and. all Friendly Societies funds, m cases where unionists command a majority of the voting power, will probably be treated in the same way! Unionists will further be asked to refuse i to accept notes, and demand all payments m gold. The enormous amount of gold which in this way will be withdrawn from circulation,and the partial stoppage of bank notes cannot fail to have a very serious effects, and will introduce quite a ew p^ase *U the dispute.

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

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

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