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Labor Questions.


London, September 17. Seventeen hundred tons of English coal has been shipped to Melbourne to the order of the Gas Company. The subscription lists which were opened m aid of the dockers show a total of £850 collected. The Scotch ironmasters threaten to close eighty of their furnaces if the workmen insist on their demands for an increase of wages. Sydney, September 18. The Mayor lias drafted a scheme for the settlement of the present labor disputes on a basis of arbitration, and proposes that the question fco re!'nT>.xl to a Board of Arbitration, consisting of the Mayors of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and other gentlemen possessing the confidence of both sides. His Honor, Sir F. M. Darley, Q.C., Chief Justice of New South Wales, to be chairman. One of the representatives of the employees states that the, manifesto recently issued by the labor party only proves that the matters at issue are so varied as to preclude any possibility of a conference on the question, and that nothing can be done until the employers publish the terms on which they are prepared to engage labor. Several exciting scenes have occurred m the Houses of Assembly. On a motion for adjournment a number of members denounced the Government for the action that they had taken with regard to the present labor struggle. Wm. N. Willis, member for Bourke, excitedly remarked that the Minister of Public Works ought to be shot down like a b—— dog. Several other members got at loggerheads, and one case almost ended m a personal encounter on the floor of the Chamber.

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Labor Questions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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Labor Questions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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