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Labor Questions.

[PER PRJ3.SS ASSOCIATION.]

Londok : September 25 and 26. The Amalgamated Society of Engineers are levying a contribution of 6d per member, which is expected to yield £1400' for the Australian strikers. The dockers will remit £750 to Sydney, and the United Labor Council £4000. Laborers have struck at Victoria Bocks, claiming extra pay for handling special;cargo. Mr Davitt, m a series of articles m the " Labor World " asserts he is prepared to.prove that James JMcDermott, of Brooklynj ,m 1883, with money supplied by the British ConsulGeneral at New York and Dublin Castle, organised dynamite plots m Canada, Cork, and Liverpool, and afterwards handed over his dupes— Featherstone, * Deasy, and others —to the British police. A laborer, was sentenced to three weeks' imprisonment for thrashing dockers who refused to 1 pay a 3d levy to assist the Australians. It is asserted that hundreds are being forced by means of threats to subscribe against their will, and that the Banks are refusing to transmit the money. The riverside Unions have federated with the intention of opposing the importation of foreign laborers into England. Opposition is being shown to the employment of Germans from Hamburg and Southampton. The dockers hold a conference on the subject on Tuesday. Sydney, September 26. The proprietors of one of the largest stations m the colony have laid informations against forty-five of their hands for leaving before their agreements were completed. The Conference of the owners and miners connected with the Broken Hill stiver: industry have arrived at a satisfactory settlement o£ the difficulty. Courts «f: Arbitration are to be established to control future disputes, and work is to be resumed m the mines as rapidly as circumstances will admit. The employers decline to agree to a conference without the consent o£ other Employers' Unions .m Australasia. They have further informed the labor delegates that they must await the result of the negotiations proceeding between the Melbourne Trades Hall and the employers before they consider the request for a conference. Adelaide, September 26. The strike of stevedores has not had the effect of blocking all shipping, and several Vessels are now loading and unloading by means of non-union labor. Melbourne; September 26. The Trades Hall Strike Committee has recommended the various societies to levy a day's pay per man per week, to help those who have been called out.

Auckland, September 26. The Auckland Employers Association have sent the following telegram to the Government m regard to the proposed labor conference :—", Inasmuch as that Auckland employers are bound to prbtecfc the free labor which has Come to their assistance during the present difficulty, they see iio good m a conference until the Unions acquiesce m the right of employers so take on Unionists and free laborers indiscriminately. On that being agreed upon, and the labor party stating the points they wish to bring under discussion, the Auckland employers will further consider the propriety of appointing delegates." The Auckland Gas Employees' Union has resolved to federate with the Gas Employees? Union of Dunedin. It was stated at a meeting of the Auckland Trades and Labor. Council that a communication had been received from the Huntley miners, announcing their determination: to hold out, and asking for aid. ; Their case^ it was said, had been communicated to Mr Millar, of Dunedin, and theyl would receive funds weekly. A cutter has been despatched to Whangarei with sixty tons of oats. The Union Company hate undertaken to supply contractors who are carting out 1000 tons of coal from Hikurangi coalfield with oats for .their horses at. «ost price. Wellington, September 26. It is estimated that 500 seamen are on strike m Wellington; At the meeting of wharf laborers 32 new members were elected and a resolution carried to remain firm. A Royal Commission, for enquiry into the working of coalleases and the grievances of the Grey Valley miners, is being drafted, and it is expected Lhe enquiry will be started within a fortnight. The Employers' Association of Southland have declined to take part m the Labor Conference. It is understood the Wellington Employers' Association have also decided to take no action m the' matter. Messrs Lottos and Ancell, mining delegates from the West Coast, will attend. The Government will probably ask the Employers' Associations to reconsider their decisions. Chrstchurch, September 26. Strike matters are very quiet. Two officers of the Te Anau, who went oot at the /beginning of the strike, have gone back to work. It is stated that several others are applying to be taken back. Two hundred and thirty non-unionist laborers were at work at Port to-day. Westtokt, September 26. It is proposed to hold a demonstration of Denniston miners and other Unionists at Waimangaroa to-morrow. A special train left to-night for Waimangaroa vrith a number of police. The Mawhera loaded coal to-day without trouble. An ample supply of non-union labor is available. Later. The special train returned at 11 p.m. The cause for the despatch of the train was merely a drunken brawl between two or three Unionists and non-Unionists at Waimangaroa. The Officers' Association have appointed Captain Highman and Mr Cornish as. delegates to the conference, and they leave.for Wellington m the morning.

Mr Millar, the Secretary of the Maritime Council, arrived at Christchurch last night from Dunedin by the express, and proceeded to Lyttelton to hold a meeting there m connection with the Wharf Laborers' Union. Mr Milliar proceeds to. Wellington with the other delegates from the labour organisations to take part m the proposed Conference on the. present labour troubles.

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Labor Questions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890

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Labor Questions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890

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