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AFFAIRS AT LYTTELTON

Everything m Lyttelton was quiet yesterday. The rain has, to a certain extent, stopped the working of perishable cargoes. Mr Peter Brown, the Lyttelton wharf laborers' delegate to the Maritime Council, left Lyttolton for Dunedin. There was a meeting of the sailors working on the ships m port on Saturday, and they agreed not to york any more cargoes, but the resolution doe's riot seem to have been carried out, as they .worked cargoes the same as yesterday. With reference to this it may be stated that the sailors are being paid extra for the work they are doing, and have nothing to gain by refusing to work the ships' cargoes. Twenty-seven non-unipnists went to Wellington to work the Arawa at that port and come to Lyttelton to work her. , Messrs Anderson and Sons of the Can terbury Foundry have had to dismiss fifteen of their Lyttelton hands owing to the want of fuel-i to carry on the extra work they were engaged m. The railway servants are averse to the reorganisation of theirsociety is demanded by the Commissioners, as it is suicidal to the present Society m more ways than one. They feel that a Society formed under the auspices as it were of {jfts

Commission era would have hut limited I powers, and consequently they think ho j of little benefit to them. Auckland, September 22. The price of bread is rodaced a half penny per 21b loaf. The bakeis expect a reduction m the price of flour. Gkkymouth, September 22. At the meeting m the Town H.ill at 11 o'clock this morning, the Mayor m the chair, the speeches were brief. It was insinuated that Government by removing the tug at the present juncture was playing into the hands of the monopolists. It wns said the Maritime Council was arranging for chartering vessels for tins port, and taking away the tug would embarrass them.—lt was resolved—l. " That m the opinion of this meeting the fiction of the Harbor Brw-l hi removing the tug to Westport U dos.-imenlal to the interests of the port and r»>Mporti.mo, teeing that a large number of sailing vessels are owning to the port at the present time." 2." "If a reduction m the expenditure is deemed necessary, this meeting is of opinion that the tug can with equal safety be laid up at Greymouth, where her services must be from time to time required. On such occasions she could be manned by the Harbor Department at a very small cost." The foregoing resolutions were wired to the Premier. At a large meeting of miners at Brunnerton this forenoon the following resolutions were carried unanimously :—(1) That no more coals be supplied to the Union Company's boats ; (2) that objections be made it© the Government re the removal of the tug Westland ; (3) that provisions and money be distributed to those most m need ; (4) that all tools be fetched out of the mine by nine o'clock to-morrow morning ; (5) that Executive select members to attend meeting to bo held at Greymouth this evening ; (6) that this Association assist others m the Grey m the selection of a member for Parliament. If the blacklegs are introduced into the mines it is considered very probable that all the engine drivers will be called out. A densely packed meeting at the Public Hall to-night was addressed by the leading Brunner miners. The following resolutions were passed :—" 1. That this meeting strongly protests against the Government's action m making a display of force amongst peaceful citizens, and regards it more as a menace calculated to cause a disturbance than allay antagonistic feeling, and the Government's action m concentrating a force at Greymouth and withdrawing the tug gives color to the general feeling that they are supporting the employers against the employees ; (2) that m the opinion of this meeting the Grey Valley Coal Company are to blame for breaking their pledge to the Miners' Association, as joining the Shipping Companies against the Unionists is detrimental to the interests of the Valley ; (3) that it is expedient that a mass meeting be called by the inhabitants of the Grey Valley to consider the present labor difficulty on Wednesday next." Most of the speakers contended that the Government and the Railway Commissioners were working m the interests of the Union Company. Dunedin, September 22. John Clune, one of the men arrested for assaulting non-Unionists on and about the wharf, was to-day fined £5 or a month's imprisonment and bound over to keep the peace for six months. Two others are to appear m connection with these assaults, which have been so frequent that most of the non-Unionists have provided themselves with firearms. Wellington, September 22. A Labor Conference has been convened for Wednesday, October Ist. The Union Company have decided to revert to the old weekly service from Dunedin to Manukau, but will only run a fortnightly service to Melbourne and Sydney until the summer sets m. The Shipwrights Society, which recently reso'ved that no work should be done for the Union Company, have rescinded that motion, and have now decided that any member be free to work for any employer he choose. A meeting of storemen, attended by 60 men, resolved to adhere to their allegiance to the Trades and Labor Council. The permanent malitia have been withdrawn from street duty. A dispute arose between some Maoris on Saturday night at Greytown North, when it is alleged one of them, who is a volunteer, drew his sword and inflicted wounds on three persons before he was disarmed. The constable from that district, who had been on duty m Wellington during the labor struggle, returned to Greytown this morning. The proposed conference between employers and employed is to be held here on Wednesday, Ist October,

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AFFAIRS AT LYTTELTON, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890

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