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Svdkby, October 6. The Labor Defence Committee has how decided to allow shearers to enter into new contracts. Melbourne, October 6. Thq Sjtrike Committee has decided that, to be perfectly satisfactory, kvty Conference for settlement of the difficulty must be perfectly untrammelled by conditions., They decline to accept the Sydney minute until it lias been fully discussed by the Conference. A leading firm has cabled Home to ascertain whether, m view of difficulties m the way of shearing and loading wool, arrivals after the opening of next series of sales will be included. A reply was received to the effect that there was no prospect of this being done, but if the supply proves small tlie first series of 1891 will probably open earlier than usual.

Wellington, October 6. Efforts are being made to secure unity for the labor ticket. 'Unions representing about 1000 votes advertise Messrs Fisher. Eraser, McLean, and McDonald as .their ijandiclates, but outside are seamen, wharf laborers, railway servants, and others, most of whom are supporting Mr Fisher. There is also a feeling m favor of asking Mr Winter to stand for Wellington. There is a proposition to hold mass meetings of Unionists and to take a ballot, on the understanding that the three candidates thus selected shall receive a block labor vote, estimated at nearly 2000. The "Times" says this would probably result m favor of Messrs McLean, Fisher, and T. K. McDonald. The Westport and Brunner, from Lyttelton to Dunedin, with free ; labor for Denniston mine, arrived at 9 o'clock this morning, mid the Kanieri, with a contingent from Wellington half an hour later. The wharf was crowded with the public. A strong force of police were present. A train was drawn up on the ivharf, and the men went aboard directly from the steamer, and left immediately; for their destination. There was some slight hooting, but otherwise things were very quiet.. There were about 160 men In all on board the steamers.^

Wellington, October C. When the Conference resunied this morning Mv D. P. Fishev, chairman, said, the committee had sat on Saturday, Sunday, ftnd this morning, but he was sorry, to say no definite settlement had been arrived at. A basis of settlement was submifcted by the labor .delegates'" to Mr JVfcLean, bile that gentleman could not see his way to accept the proposals. The following was the basis (1) Delegates to submit to their principals a basis <of settlement, conditionally upon McLean pursuing a similar course, as follows: (2) •That all competent hands at present m employ of the Union Company be admitted to the Unions without a ballot; *nd upon payment of the entrance fees. (3) That the Union Company undertake to recognise the Mercantile Marine Officers' Association and the Seamen's tfaion undertake to recognise the New Shipmasters Association, without prejudice ,4» either body, and that membership m eitlier body be considered for mutual recognition, (4) That all persons dismissed or catted out be reinstated. (4) • That m future none but Union men be employed where rules of any Union provide for this, except under exceptional circumstances, to be hereafter agreed upon.? (6) That bonds be agreed upon between both parties guaranteeing no flffike-pr lock-out shall take place for one ye^iyor such, other period as may be agreed upon. ■■■■„• Mr McLean gave reasons for refusing to accept the Tabor proposals. In the fijest place the basis submitted would bring parties bjack to exactly where they started before fche strike. When the Company . took on free laborers they; pledged themselves to keep on those men Wilder certain conditions, and he had «H*le. |t clear on many occasions that, whatever happened, the Company would stick.t<» the men at present m their employ ; m the second place the basis put the Company m the position of compelr litig their men.'to join a Union, and he could never accede to that, As the labor party had made up their minds to stick to the determination not to allow Unionists ;ind non-Unionists to work side by aide no > <'ood could be obtained by staying here an y Ipnger, as they were only stringing people onto expect a settlement of the difficulty when none could be looked for. The Directors of the- Union Company were big-hearted, generous men, and did notwfeii to t*ke any advantage of the Union, but they kwJJjt had nothing to mve the Union m return for what they could give the Company. Ho thought Sings ought now to be allowed to axe °Mr' Millar said his party had done everything m their power to effect a setteit, but it was the opinion throughout Sew Zealand that non-Unionwts denied they would not work with Unionists, That was the rock on which they split, and from thefirst he feared such would be the result. It was very evident employers were n<wr taking up an aggressive position, and the labor party were iiow m stern reality placed on the deiensive Mde. They were quite content to sit "down and watch the progress of events for say * month or six weeks, when perhaps botli parties would be m a better mood to conic to a settlement.

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Latest Telegrams, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2536, 6 October 1890

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Latest Telegrams Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2536, 6 October 1890

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