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Labor Questions.

[JP.BR PRESS ASSOCTATIOX.] London, September 16. The Dockers' Unions have received a letter from the leaders ©f. the Wool Shearers' Union m Australia, but decline at present to make known its contents or anything as to what action is likely to be taken m blocking ships. They pay, however, they will adopt a policy of extreme caution m. view of the short amount of funds and the recently established shipowners' federation, and declare there Avill be time enough to decide on. action when the ships lacfan with wool begin to arrive. The Shipping Federation to-day received a deputation from the Federated Association of Shipmasters and Officei's, who are desirous of joining m order to have greater strength m resisting coercion by the Seamen's Union. Disgust was expressed by members of the deputation at the officers m Australia joining with the other Unions, The English Association was willing;to go to any length rather than submit to the oppression of Seamen's Unions. If owners decided to lay up their ships, the officers would submit to the pecuniary loss. The Chairman of the Shipping Federation intimated that he was favorable to the matter being considered on the 19th inst. The work of the Federation hitherto, he said, had only been supported by owners, and officers who were agains* such coercion Burns announces that the Unionists will accord a hearty welcome to Mr Fitzgerald, the delegate, who is visiting England to rouse the sympathy of the dockers' and other Unions with the Australian strikers. The lock-out of the P. and 0. men by the Albert Dock Company is denied. The " Chronicle" condemns the manifesto put out by the Australian employers. The difficulty with the P. and O. Company's laborers has been settled. London, Sept. 17. Fifteen of the leaders of the Southampton rioters have been committed for trial. Houghton, of the Melbourne' I'Trades Hall, has cabled to Mr J. Shipton, Secretary of the Trades' Counpil, asking for funds. Sydney, September 17. Nineteen of the crew of the steamer Saxton, who were arrested for refusing to shovel a small quantity of coal from the hatchway so that the hatches might be put on, have been acquitted on technical grounds. The Mayor has received a letter from the shipowners, stating that the latter are now discussing the question of ships' articles, which will be ready at an early date, and if the men accept the terms they will be engaged without delay. The Labor .Defence Committee has called out the Amalgamated Engineers to the number of 2000, who are not connected with the Marine Engineers. No further steps have been taken towards declaring a general strike, a truce having been arranged, as the Mayor has not concluded arrange- ■ ments. Preparations are, however, completed if it is decided to be necessary to enforce calling the men out. The special constables who have been sworn m will commence active duty to-morrow night, they taking two-hour shifts. The strike of vanmen and carters is having a serious eflect on trade. Brisbane, September 17, The Pastbralists and Employers' Association has voted a sum of £1000 to the Federated Employers' Association. Melbourne, September 17. Negotiations are proceeding between the Labor Council and employers for a conference. There is great excitement m trade circles at the prospect of a general strike.

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Labor Questions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890

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Labor Questions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890