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Labor Questions.

[per press association.]

' London, September 11. Tyser intends to run opposition steamers, the shipping; ring • having expelled the Colonial Union line. Tyser has received support, and it is likely the fight will result m steam freights being reduced to 30s per ton. Arrange-: ments are being made to lay on a jftrst- , class line of steamers from .Glasgow and Liverpool to Australia. j Burns has beeii sent to Southampton to settle the dispute if possible. }" • '*< At a great meeting at Mile! End Assembly Hall, addresses' were delivered by Mann and Tillett,! iuid j resolutions of sympathy with the;iAustralian strikers were parsed, fife was announced that nearly £5000: had already „ been remitted;. A telegram from Murphy, Secretary of the Sydney Officers' Association, was i~ead amid cheers. London, September 12. Southampton is npw tranquil. ! The dockers are resuming work at Id advance, which was conceded a fortnight ago. • : • The London dockers are boycotting an Irish non-union vessel. ! •' ,= The"Standard. .considers the downfall of the Australian strike imminent. On the strength of Mr Murphy's telegram, Mann declares the capitalists have circulated false rumors m order to put a stop to assistance being sent by English Unionists. He believed the strikers would win easily. .■■'.. ;BuTns warns the Unionists that sentiment, not money, is needel London Unions fear- they will be involved at no distant date m a generajl struggle: with the shipping federation. Local leaders at Southampton advise the men to surrender on the basis of terms conceded two weeks ago without recognition of the , Union. The strikers are' incensed and declare they have been sold by paid agitators. Several hundred men : engaged m unloading the P.-and O. ships at; the Albert Docks have struck owing t6 the dislike of the ganger. They are willing to resume on Monday if the ganger, leaves, as pfomisejcl. ■ : ( Sydney, September 12. It is understood that the Labour Conference to-day appointed, six delegates to cptifey'with the, owners! The j latter have not yet received any iutimation v of the proposed action. The Employers' Conference has been occupied m discussing.: the manifesto which is expected to be issued to-night or to-morrow, -i, _■:, ,*.' ,• ■ , • :. (il i > Several cranes at Newcastle are pow being worked and vessels are bjeing loaded by non-union labourers. ■ With to the disposition of funds received from Unions at Home enquiries as to whether New Zealand strikers will receive a share of them, have elicited the fact that the English organisations sent the money'^direct to the'colonies where they wished'itij to be spent, - Brisbane, September 12. The output ; of.the Bundanbo \ collieries is 1200 tons per day. ;The Thomas mine is capable of doubling this if necessary,. , i An agreement exists between [ tlie mastes and men that neither willjjoin a Union. The employees' decliril to come out, notwithstanding that strong pressure has been brdught to beal 1 to induce them to strike. I Wellington, September 12. The jii'bitratQrs appointed to'consider the question of the Grear Meat Company upplying the Union Company's vessels 1

with meat met to-day. It was admitted that there was nb issue upon which to arbitrate, and agreed that if the contract were broken, the Union Company would reap the advantage, inasmuch as they would receive the penalty of £400 which tli« Gear Meat Company render themselves liable to. The result of the meeting is that the Gear Meat Company continue to supply the Union Company's vessels as usual. There was considerable excitement about the Queen's Wharf m the latter part of this afternoon, it being anticipated that a further attempt would be made to molest free laborers when leaving the wharf. . One hundred and thirty-three special cons^Mes, drawn from the principal \v\ . uuss men of the city, who had been m v-ji-n m to-day, were paraded at four <>'<;iock on that portion of the wharf which is barricaded, and almost all the city and country constables were also present. Shortly after four. io'clock a crowd began to collect; and by five o'clock there must have been quite 5000 persons m the vicinity of the shore end of the wharf. The foot and mounted police, however,, managed to keep tji6 crowd off the wharf so as to allow the free workers a clear path. ' Shortly before five o'clock a detachment of special constables, armed with batons and wearing badges, was despatched to various parts of the town where it was thought violence might be attempted. A few minutes -after the knock-off bell rang on the wharf the free laborers could be seen coming to the number of: a dozen, and the excitement ran high. They made straight;fdr town, and were protected by detachments of special and ordinary constables., The men walked up the centre of the road through Customhouse Quay, Willis and Manners streets, and on to their homes under,escorts. The streets/were thronged, principally by thojse Attracted out of curiosity, and wheel traffic was almost entirely suspended for a time. At each corner vast crowds had congregated, and the constables had to force a passage. There, was a considerable amount of horseplay and hooting galore, but nb indication of a hostile demonstration. Crowds hung about the streets till six o'clock, when they gradually dispersed. The special constables, who on more than one occasion were cheered,' were then dismissed till to-morrow. They have beem sworn m to render service till the 30th inst. ■ "", . ";■■' :'■' A man named James Corlin was given into custody for ;a breach of the peace, but it is understood he had nothing to do with the labor dispute. William Henry Gerrard, who was knocked down the hold of the steamer Australia yesterday, is rapidly Sinking, and it is doubtful whether he will live. Detective Kirby proceeded to Sic hospital this afternoon to take his depositions, but the ■ sufferer was too low m condition to obtain anything rational, though he recognised Kirby on his appearance. It has been ascertained thatGerard's back is broken, and he is not expected to live till the morning. I The Unionists intend to start a coI operative store. Strike pay begins to-morrow. Over twenty cooks and stewards have returned to the Umon Company's service. The Stevedores working for the Tyser, Shaw Savill, and New Zealand Shipping lines to-day signed a contract under bond to employ only non-Union labor in' future. They say they Were compelled to this course by the Unionists on the ,£tar of Victoria being called out after the Maritime Council had promised to load the vessel. They also allege' that this action was m direct contravention of Rule 2 of the Wharf Laborers' Union.

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Labor Questions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890

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Labor Questions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890

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