(Received September! 15; 10.35 avm.) L6xDoif,; Sieptembfer 14. Sprow, the local organiser of the Southampton strike has been arrested, charged with intimidation. The action of the authorities caused some excitement. « : * A hitch has arisen orer the settlement of tie strike. The seamen and firemen having been granted an increase, the donkey men. and trimmers also demand a rise. ' Tile employers refuse, and threaten not to allow, the dqckers to return unless jtheir Re|iandß are withdrawn. ; * , . - . :■ ■. r Sydney, ; September 15. The Labor Defence Committee issued a lengthy manifesto m reply to the owners. The following is - briefly an estimate of their position:—This Conference agrees to the principle of freedom of contract between employers and employees, but hold that combination is absolutely necessary m the'best interests of the people, and that Trade* Unions, being legal institutions, are entstled to recognition by all classes. The basis of Unionism being voluntaryism, it is against its principles to use coercion of any kind, and we there fore use moral suasion only. -' We claim that every workman should have freedom to join any organisation he may chose, and we deny that employers have the right to use any influence other .than moral suasion to prevent his doing so. The conference .claims it is absolutely necessary, m, the interests of the working classes, that they shall have the right to refuse to work when the conditions under which they are asked to contiuue are such as to be detrimental to their interests; The Conference is heartily m accordance with the general principles contained m the proposals of employers,' the Conference approving affiliation of employers, and on similar grounds claims for the workers absolute freedom to affiliate with their various organisations. ■■•'' I' \j"" : ' >. With regard to the proposed Conference between delegates to the Labor Conference and recent Employers' Conference, individual owners regret the letter proposing the meeting was not sent before the Intercolonial Employers' Conference had! finished its sittings. The Sydney employers'"'are unable', thereforey to appoint delegates to represent the whole of the employers.
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Latest Telegrams., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890
Latest Telegrams. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890
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