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Wellington, September 21. At a meeting of the wharf carters and expressmen, it was rasblvdd to maintain the prwent position. Over £1500 m cash and provision orders have been given out to the men out; on strike here since the dispute began. v The following circular, dated September 18, has been issued by the Railway} Commissioners to all railway employees : "lhe Railway Commissioners reglfet to find that the proceedings of the Christ*church Executive of the Railway Servants' Society have been mischievous and injudicious. This Executive has tried to ovemde the Commissioners' authority, and has caused trouble and disorder m the public service by ordering men not to do the duties required of them under, the rules and regulations. Acting on its evil advice, a number of employees have lost their places. It has, at Lytteltou and WestpDrb, tried to use the public service for the brutal and degrading practice of boycotting ; by affiliating with the Maritime Council employees have been drawn into quarrels m which! asjpitftUpl'servants they have no right to meddle ; they have m this way, made themselves parties to the stoppage of the railway coal supplies from the New Zealand mines, and to injuring the railway traffic and revenue, thus making it necessary to stioip trains running, and to work short time. The Commissioners will not, m future, recognise or deal with an Executive whose influence and management '*has"fiedh so bad. They now suggest that if the Society desires their recognition and co-©peralion, it should alter its contitution »s follows :— "General Executive to t& seven or nine representatives from different sections, to meet yearly to transact business. (2) The Society not to, be affiliated with the Maritime Council or any other Union. (3) The Secretary and other officers to be railway employees. (4) No person other than New Zealand Government railway employees to be members of the Society. (5) No member at any time to counsel or advise any employee to disturb therms, r«sulaji|ons, instructions, or by-laws of the New Zealand Government Railways,; (6) The l»cal branches of the Society* to retain their organisations, biife all oiflbers to be railway employees. (7) It must be open for all employees either tot join or withdraw from the Society at pleasure under reasonable regulations!,! and the Society must not interfere with the individual privileges and rights of any employee." " The Commissioners will grant leave on pay, and passes to members of the General Executive of the Society so constituted, to eiffle them to meet once a year. The Commissioners will grants leave on pay similarly for a period not more than one month m each year to the Secretary, to give him time to attend to th« Society's work. The Railway Cqw*

missioners would recommend thier employees to give this subject their careful consideration." At a meeting of railway servants last night, it was agreed to suggest to the Railway Servants' Executive that a conference of delegates from all sections of the Society be held here to discuss the suggestions of the Railway Commissioners, and also to interview tha latter. .Dunk mx, September 20. A series of disturbances took place on the wharf lasfc night. A man named Dowie received serious injuries, another named Matheson, who was also attacked, drew a revolver, which had the effect of dispersing the assailants. Some officers forced an entrance into Silk's restaurant with the object of compelling a lodger there to remove an alleged offensive oartoon from a shop window m t- wii, <f which ho was the artist, giving lt;:n tijl eight o'clock this morning to mnore "f. Among those knocked down was the Harbor Board's watchman. None of the assailants were recognised. Napier, September 20. The Railway authorities here have informed the "Evening News," to-day, that m consequence of the adverse criticism of their policy, the Commissioners had instructed that no Railway advertisements be given m future.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2524, 22 September 1890

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2524, 22 September 1890