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CHRiTCHtJftGH, October 8. To-day there were 130 non-union laborers at port. The Tekapo ai rived from the south and commenced to load potatoes'for Sydney. An accident happened on board her to a free laborer named Lord. He was down the hold and ; the wire-rope attached to the winch was being put down when the hook struck him 'and broke his collar bone and inflicted a nasty cut on the cheek. A fcplegram has been received m port that no coal will be got from Westport lor some weeks on account of one of the incline brakes having bean smashed by the free labour brakesmen. The Tekapo has several officers on board,who went on strike, but have rejoined the Union Company's service. The Railway Commissioners have completed arrangements for their coal supply, and will resume regular train service on the Wellington, Wanganui, and Napier lines next week- The Commissioners give the following explanation of the recent discharge of railway shop hands :-— j They state this has been pretty general j throughout the colony during the last eighteen months. A number af improvements have been completed m rolling stock, and some large orders have been executed for private companies, and for frozen meat and coal wagons. These jobs being finished, and no work being available, a reduction of hands has had to be made. The difccharge- 1, they state, are. m no way connected with or the result of the labor troubles, nor are they due to the fault of any of the employees. Those discharged are eligible for re-employment whenever work is available.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2539, 9 October 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2539, 9 October 1890