(Received Sept. 13, 10.50 a.m.) : ■■■<■>■'■■■? ,;■■■- ;;- * Sydney, Stept. 13. The employers have issued a manifesto which says that it is fit and proper . that , r their , represen^atires should express'sincere regret' that, owing to the unreasonable antagonistic astitude assumed by labor, as directed by leaders of the Union strike^ so farreaching m its effects^ and of so sever© character, should exist,' but is nevertheless their'duty »tp assert that the causes leading to the strike cannot, m the remotest degree, be traced to any action of-the employers. After traversing the causes of the strike, the manifesto goes on to say that m the rules of Trades Unions it is sought by stringent regulations ' ■'■ to secure a monopoly of work, and limit membership ; that this is not only an injustice to a large amount of labfcr outside their ranks, but contributes an nndue interference "by labor' organisations with trade-in,the cojonies. The tactics adopted deserve severe condemnation^ The foremb'st' of these is the unjust, combination of various Unions to boycott trade'so far as to enforce demands of any particular Union concerned, and also their edicts, which are being issued, that produce of these colonies, viz., cereals and other minerals, wool,
wheat, and other products from 'the land, must not be carried or shipped if at any period of their production or transit labor outside of trade organisations had been employed. As to internal trade an effort was made to prevent supplies of raw material to manufactories employing non-union labor, and m the disposal of the manufactured article every opposition was given to legitimate trade. The necessaries of life m some instances were refused to those who withhold their compliance with the demands of Trades Unions. By intimidation as practicised by Trade Unionists non-union laborers are prevented by acts of personal violence from following their lawful occupation ; that m order to enforce edicts mentioned, members of Labor Unions, whether directly concerned or not, are compelled by leaders to leave their employment, frequently contrary to their own desire and wish, and m disregard to legal obligations. The employers, m the j course of their trade, have also to be content with the fact that Labor Unions ignore agreements made by them m their corporate capacity with employees, if it suits the purpose of Unionists to repudiate them. Incidents which occurred during the present strike are abundant proof of the correctness of this assertion. An agreement lately made by wharf laborers of Sydney was openly violated .within a few days of its completion. The present trouble was forced on the employers. In opposing it passive resistance was only offered, and while employers endeavored to conduct business by aid of non-union labor, they have not sought m any way; to assault Unionism, although they have striven to counteract its abuses. The proceedings at the Conference set forth the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted :—" That this Conference re-affirras the freedom of contract, and its intention to resist intimidation and boycotting by united action, and decline to be forced into dismissing any labor taken into its service during the present emergency." "That it will also take all possible means to ensure the personal safety interests, discipline, and protection of life and property; that this Conference should engage not to retain m; its employ owners, captains, or members of Unions, who are affiliated to &ny of the various labor organisations ; that, with a view of extension of the various Employers Unions, it is desirable to encourage employers m all trades, to form unions, the latter m turn to form Federal Councils m each colony, all mich. councils to federate; that this Conference desires a speedy termination of present unsatisfactory state of affairs, m order to facilitate consumption of trade." Employers are also urged to proclaim, as soon as possible, terms on which engagements were made.
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Latest Telegrams., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890
Latest Telegrams. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890
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