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Labor Questins.

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"Wellington, October t. The Conference resumed this moruing, but Mr McLeai} wjw absent, having gone South ydsterclay. The Chairman said since they last met the labor party had talked matters over, and had come to the conclusion that it would not be wise to close the Conference, but simply to adjourn sine die, m the hope that something might arise {o, bring abont a settlement of the dispute. Mr Millar said hefore an adjournment. was made, he had one subject to bring, forward, and that was the question of establishing a National Trades Council for the whole New Zealand. He thought m the interests of labor, there should be one controlling body, and that a Nation a Council could be succsssfuly worked. He had not the slightest doubt if a National Council were established the Maritime Council, as it at present exists, would still continue, but two delegates from each Trades and Labor Council would have a seat on the National Council. It was also proposed to set up a permanent executive. He said a scheme was not yet fully decided or, and he suggested thiit each Trades' Council should send any suggestions as to the working of a National Council as soon as possible, so that they might bo considered at a meeting of the Maritime Council at Auckland m November. He moved "That this meeting of Labor delegates ItftirmH the desireableness of establishing a National Trades Council of New Zealand." The motion was seconded by Mr Sandford, and carried unanimously. Mr Millar next referred to the action of the Railway Commissioners m dismissing four men at Dunedin, and expressed the opinion that the Commissioners were •Ogling out officers of the Society for dismissal, He felt strongly that this was nothing more nor less than an attempt to crush the Society out of existence, but he was determined this should not be done if he could help it, and.on his way South he would lay the matter before every trade, even if he took a month to accomplish the journey. If the men did not obtain justice it would not be his fault. After some discussion Mr Sand J ford moved—'' This Conference regrets very much the action of the Commissioners m discharging Mr Newton, an employee at Hillside workshops, who is also President of the local branch of the Railway Servants' Society, such discharge being a suggestion of thedesire on the part of the Commissioners to disorganise the Society, and contrary to the pledge given that no one should be marked for taking a prominent part m the working of the Society, and that a deputation, consisting of Messrs Lomas, Fisher, Winter, and Sandford be appointed to interview the Commissioners on the subject, and failing that, lay the matter before the Premier. ' The Chairnilp, m supporting the motion, said it was only right that some action should be taken, but it must b« found, on enquiry, that no wrong construction be put on Commissioners' action. The motion was carried unanimously. The Conference then adjourned sine die. Later. The Railway Commissioners have replied to the labor party that they decline to receive a deputation, as they cannot allow any person to interfere between them and their employees.

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Labor Questins., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2537, 7 October 1890

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Labor Questins. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2537, 7 October 1890

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