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Labor Questions


London, September 29. The dock laborers are powerless to boycott the incoming '-'Australian vessels, and it is unlikely that any attempt will be made. The practice oi coercing men to subscribe m aid of the Australian strike has been abandoned. Sydney, September 28. A party of free laborers were surrounded by 400 miners on strike while they Avere proceeding to load slack at Greta colliery. One of the free laborers drew a revolver, and with a view of driving off the crowd fired over their heads. This action exasperated the strikers, who rushed the free laborers, driving them m all directions, and all were caught except the man who fired the shot,' and were terribly maltreated.: The swags of thp free laborers were burnt, and the police were powerless to prevent the disturbance. i Owing to the contradictory telegrams which are published it is impossible to arrive at the true result of the call out of the shearers. The Magistrate's Court has ordered

that the thirty-five shearers who left their employment before the agreement was completed should forfeit the amount of wages due.

Auckland, September 29. , The miners who arc out on strike at Kawakawa have received notice to leave the Company's houses occupied by them, to make way for new employees. Wellington, September 2f). The gasworks are receiving 100 tons coal, being part of the Orowaiti's cargo, and this, with the stock on hand, will last about a fortnight. The Railway Commissioners have not considered the question of being represented at the Conference, though it was supposed m some quarters that they intended to be represented. It is understood.that some, at least, of the Unionist delegates are prepared to discuss the question of the employment of Unionists and non-unionists aide by side. Twelve other constables left for the West Coast this afternoon, and were accompanied by Colonel Hume, Commissioner of Police. ! Napter, September 20, The Free Association of Employers and Workmen of Hawko's Bay have sent the .following telegram to the Government, m reply to an invitation to attend the projected Conference at Wellington :--'• We regret that we do not see our way to send deTegates to Wellington while the principle of working with free labor is denied by Unionists. When this difficulty is removed and the demands of the Unions formulated, this Association will be clad to join other Associa.ions m Bending delegates, to attend a Conference at Wellington." The working members of the Association now number over 1000, and the guarantee fund is over £12,500. Dunedin, September 29. The Rope Makers' Union m South Dunedin has been disbanded. There was a fair amount of work carried on at the wharves to-day, but nothing unusual occurred. At a meeting of the Building Trades Union it was decided to expel a carpenter who was working on the Jessie Headman discharging cargo. A ordinary meeting of the Canterbury Trades and Labour Council was held on Saturday evening. There was a large attendance of members, and Mr J. E. •Tenkihßon occupied the chair. With regard to labor candidates for the House of Representatives, the following minutes were confirmed :—" That all candidates for Christchurch City be balloted for from each Union ; that all candidates for Canterbury outside Christchurch be asked to subscribe to the platform, and that all labour candidates be balloted for by the Council." It was decided to appoint a deputation to wait upon the various Unions and place before them the political platform accepted by the Council m order to ensure united action.

(Received September 30, 10.20 a.m.) London, September 25). The Dockers Union hold a Congress to-morrow. The balance-sheet to be presented shows that during the halfyear ended June 30 the income was Id 9,500, and expenses LI 1,000, including L 10,700 strike pay. Members wages had been increased by 5s 6d per week taking the average all round, and 2000 more men are now employed m London than before the strike. The President's address speaks m buttering terms of the enormous assistance afforded by Australia. The Union Company have engaged fifty foreign sailors, and if the experiment is successful other Steamship Companies will follow suit. Mblboubnk, September 30. At «t. meeting of the Anglican Church Assembly Bishop Field Flowers Goe characterised the aggressive action of trades unionism towards non-unionists as sheer tryunny. The President of the Shearer's Union states the order to strike m Victoria has been suspended for the present. Adelaide, September 30. Unless a supply of coal is shortly forthcoming the Wallaroo and Moonta copper mines will be shut down, affecting 3700 persons. The Gas Company intend m future to obtain supplies of coal from England. Hobabt. September 00. The Tasmanian Exhibition has been postponed till October next year 43wing to the strike. Sydney, September 30. The Broken Hill miners are very 'titter against the delegates who attended the Conference with the owners. The statement that the Labour Defence Committee endorsed the delegates action caused an immense uproar, and cries of " We reject everything " were raised. Work m a number of mines is ready to be resumed. Surface men and engineers want to get to work at once, but others object. It is estimated there are now 50,000 men on strike m Australia. The Hunter river miners Association decline to cut coal for anyone till the (dispute is settled.

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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2531, 30 September 1890

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Labor Questions Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2531, 30 September 1890

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