(Received September 19, 11 a.m.) Sydmky, September 19. Arrived Wakatipu, ffom Wellington Adelaide, September 19. Tlie decision of the men to boycott
the Ocean liners affects eight lines of vessels. Mblbotiknb, September l'>. Employers have issued a statement that with the sufficiency of non-union labor, under the pledge of continuous employment, and with gloomy trade prospects along the coast, it would be misleading on their part to otter Unionists any Conference, with a view to arranging terms by which the strikers might be reinstated m their I former positions. Such a course was practically impossible, and, the most that can be done at this stage is to st;;!e that all men required will be employed, irrespective of whether they are Unionists or non-Unionists.
• Wellington, September 19. This morning the crew of the Stormbird gave twenty-four hours' notice of their intention to leave the vessel on arrival. Th« Balm arrived this morning from Auckland and East Coast. The crew were called out, although the steamer had gone alongside the breastwork to unload her cargo of potatoes, the Seamen's Union holding that, although that was neutral ground, m all likelihood the cargo would be carted by non-Union men. On hearing this the captain at once took the vessel round to the Queen's wharf, and the Union Company offered to fill the places of the men who bad given notice. A movement is on foot to form a Coal Lumpers' Union,^which is not to be affiliated to any other labor body. Dunehin, September 19. This morning G. Newton, President of the Dunediu branch of the Railway Servant's Society, was requested to attend the manager's office, where were assembled Mr Grant, Traffic Manager, Mr Ronayne, Locomotive Engineer, and Mr Eden, Workshops Manager. Mr Grant read a telegram from the Commissioners, m which a speech delivered by Newton at a mass meeting of Unionists, on the Bth, was characterised by the Commissioners as insubordinate and improper for a railway servant co deliver, and calculated to cause disobedience and trouble. The Commissioners added that Newton must undertake unreservedly to obey the rules and abstain from inciting men to disorder or disobedience m any way, otherwise he ! should resign, and if would not resign, was to be discharged. Newton replied that he did not think the speech quoted could be called an attempt to incite men to disobey orders. It had been said that men were leaving the Union wholesale, ! and his speech was a denial of that statement. He had never incited the men; on the contrary he had >held them I back as far as possible, and would | certainly undertake' not to incite to disobedience. He should, however, stick to his union. Mr Grant said there was no objection to that, and was very glad Newton had promised to obey the rules, and would communicate the answer to the Commissioners. Mr Lewis Harris, Secretary to the Union, was next brought m, and heard read a telegram m which the Commissioners said they had read an advertisement m which Harris counselled employees to insubordination. They could not permit such practices m the Railway department, and Harris must give an undertaking similar to that required of Newton. The advertisement was as follows :— The Commissioners are taking a ballot among the employees to discover who will adhere to them m case of a general strike. The Executive have therefore issued instructions to all branches that members are to reply to that, before an answer can be given to such request, all men already suspended must be first reinstated. R. Harris, Secretary Otago Branch,* being asked for an answer, Harris replied that the advertisement was drafted by Mr Winter, of the Executive and brought to him to sign as branch secretary. It was read over to him- m the shed, and he signed, but he did not take particular notice of it till he saw it m print, when he at once saiv it was rather far-fetched and out of place. Mr Grant said he supposed, then, he could say to the Commissioners Harris had allowed the advertisement to appear, and was sorry for it, and would undertake to obey the rules and not incite the men to disobey. Harris answered they might say that he had never incited the men to insubordination. He was too old a railway servant not to see the need for upholding the rules, Mr Grant replied that he was pleased to hear that for Harris' own sake, and would wire results of the interviews to the Commissioner.
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Latest Telegrams., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890
Latest Telegrams. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890
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