(Received October 9, 11.30 a.m.) Sydney, October 9. The Employers' Asssociation have issued a semi-official statement, which says there is no parallel to the present struggle m the history of Australia, and that any advocacy of a Conference for the basis of settlement on the strength of past experience is weakened by the fact that the circumstances attending the existing strike differ entirely from those attaching to any previous conflict. The contest m this case is solely on vital principles, upon which the attitude of both parties has been clearly defined, and until some sign of wavering is shown by either side, it is useless to enter into a Conference. Employers, from the time the question of a Conference was was first broached, stated distinctly that nothing would be gained by setting up a Conference, and they pointed out that it was a forced struggle for the right to manage their own affairs. The terms upon which they had expressed themselves willing to conduct business m future were only such as were required to render their position tolerable. So long as principles for which they contended failed to meet the acknowledgement of the other side they had no alternative but to continue the struggle. There had been no temporising on this point, and there liad been no attempt to mislead anybody as to the real sentiments of the employers on the question of a Conference. The employers had clearly set forth certain principles, and they were determined at all costs to adhere to them. The attitude assumed throughout had been defensive, and their very existence as employers depended on firm adherence to the lines laid down m the minute of the Employers Conference held m Sydney recently. There can be no departure from the resolutions passed at that Conference. The statement goes on to say that it would be dishonest and misleading to pretend that employers are prepared to arrive at any compromise that may ! have the effect of wholly or even partly annulling the/ calm and dealiberate decisions of the Associated employers of Australasia. The employers have a large fund and hare experience to guide them m their present action, and are not going to allow any hollow sentimental notions or coercive measures to influence them In entering into a Conference against their better judgment.
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Latest Telegrams, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2539, 9 October 1890
Latest Telegrams Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2539, 9 October 1890
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