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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS

[per press association J

* Wellington, October 2. , The Labour Conference resumed this morning. The Hon. G. McLean and Mr Hoban, President of the Railway Servants Society, were present. On the motion of the former Mr D. P. Fisher was elected Chairman, a suggestion that the Roy. Mr Habens be appointed not meeting with «ny support. Mr Fiaher deprecated any forcible speeches. It was suggested that the Press be excluded* but Mr McLean said there was nothing to hide, and standing alone among so many opponents, he thought it was only right to make the proceedings public. After some discussion the reporters were allowed to remain. I*, was decided to request the Premier to immediately ask the Railway Commissioners to be present. ■ MiMcLean then rose, and spoke m much the same strain as m his interview with a press reporter here: a few days ago. He could not see why unionists should not work with non-unionists. It was no new thiniy, and the only condition was that non-union men were put ashore when unionists were available. His statement that his company must stand by the men who had worked for them during the strike was cheered. • Mr J. A. Millar denied that the Unions desired the Company to withdraw from the Shipowners'" Association, as capital lwd the same right as labor to federate. The Company had a perfect right to man their boats as they liked, but could not compel Union or non-Union men to work eide by side. He agreed that the dispute had been carried out fairly, and labor had not waited till the Company were on their knees. He combated the assertion that the Unions were conservative, and quoted m proof that the Company had to hunt far and wide for labor, and now there were not ten competent seamen on the boats. As to the fees being prohibitive, he would say that when they were less it simply gfive an inducement for men to desert ■ their ships, and the increase was advocated by those who now condemned it. In conclusion he declared emphatically, so far as the men he represented were concerned, they would on no condition agree to* work with non-Uniomsts.

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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