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Labor Questions

[per press association.]

London, September 30. Scotch furnace men demand eight hours as a day's labor. The masters have .refused the request, and the furluices will stop on Saturday. Sydney, October 1, Wholesale prosecutions of .shearers for breaches of agreement are taking place, aud m a tost ,ca3>< at Deniliquin one of the shearers was mulcted m a fine of £10, m addition to costs.' A large number of case 3 hang on 1 this decision. - '< Brisbane, October 1. The gas workers have notified that they will no longer contribute to the strike pay, and intimate their intention of severing their connection with the labour federation. Twelve oflicers and s'xteen stewards who left the Australian United Steam Company have : returned to their vessels unconditionally.

Auckland, October 1. There is a probability that the Kawakawa mines, at the Bay of Islands, will bo flooded owing to the difficulty of procuring labour. Tnußtr, October 1. The s.s. Oliau is being worked here by free labour brought up from Dunedin. The Herald has called m to take them back. Uukedik, October 1{ The Brunner left here to-day for Westport.. She haa about 180 non* Unionists on board, who start work on arrival m the Westport Cpal Jompany's mine. ' [•:•••; It .appears* that only'" sonic: fifty men went away by the Brunner. Another complement'is to be picked up *t Wellington, bringing the total up to 150. Wellington, October 1. The Premier this morning stated it was not the intention of himself or any member of the Government to attend the Labour Conference to explain the reason of its being convened. He explains that the Conference was merely convened by tlie Government by direction of the House of Representatives, and there the Government's responsibility ends. The delegates appointed by various labour organisations to attend the Conference m accordance with a resolution of Parliament, assembled afc the Parliamentary Buildings at three o'clock this afternoon. Those present were:—.l. A. Millar, Federated Seamen's Union, Stewards and Cooks! Union, and Auckland Trades and Labor Council; Captain ■Highman and Mr Cornish, Marine pfficprs' Association \[' Measi^l"Wher, Brown, and Seymour, Wharf Laborers' Union ; Lomas, and Ancellv New Zealand Amalgamated Miners' Association; F. Millar and Mills, New Zealand Typographical Society ; Elvines and Winter, Railway Servants' Sticieff;" Graham, Johnson, Jones, Meyer, Hutchison, Mudge, and Avery, Wellington Trades' Council; Parker and Sandford, Canterbury Trades Council; Dobson arid! Williams, New Zealand Federated Car- ; tens' Union ; Tees, Dunedin Bootmakers': Union ; Browett, Wellington Bootmakers' Union. The Hon. George McLean was expected to be present on behalf of the Union Company, but the Wanaka did not arrive m time. Under the circumstances no Chairman was appointed, and the proceedings, were ; of; an informal character, lasting only a few minutes. Mr Waldegrave, of the Colonial Secretary's Department, attended as official secretary. He stated, as far as he knew, Mr McLean would be the only employers' representative at present. .Mr Milton; presumed the Premier having invited them, would be m attendance and explain for what purposo the Conference was convened. The opinion was also expressed that there was no use m the. railway delegates being present if' the Commissioners were not going to be represented, a,ud Mr Waldegrave was asked to communicate with them. Mr Millar said they had yet to determine whether the. Press should be admitted. Mr Waldegravet said a shorthand reporter would be furnished by Government if the Conference desired it. Finally it was determined m the absence of Mr McLean, to adjourn till 10 a.m. to-morrow. : t lt may 'be mentioned that the Railway Commissioners will decline to be present.

They hold thftt they are not traders, mid are not employers, huts'must proservo <v strict neutrality, and inskt on their servants also doing so. They are not aware what riahfc the latter have to take part m the Conference at all, as.they should have nothing to do with the dispute. The Commissioners consider that if they were represented, that fact alone would at once commit them to taking sides on the matters at issue, which they say they do not propose to do.

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Labor Questions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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Labor Questions Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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