THE STRIKE IN NEW SOUTH WALES.
Although the strike, to all appearances, is fizzling out in-. New Zealand, it is-"still a live question m Victoria and New South Wales. In the urstnanied colony the importers and a large section of business people, judging from fragments of telegrams coming to hand, are using every effort to compel the combatants to come to a Speedy settlement of matters m dispute. The Employers' Unions m Victoria, although at first refusing to treat upon any terms save absolute surrender, are now, owing to the pressure referred to, approaching the labor leaders iii a more friendly spirit. This augiirs well for the settlement of the dispute, so far as Victoria is concerned. Across the border, however, m New South Wales, the labor war is being waged with nnajbating vigor. The Premier of that colony, Sir H. Parke», states that the strike has already cosi the mother colony more material., wealth than if an enemy had been at its gates. His Government have, therefore, determined that the struggle shall be brought to a speedy t<er;minati^n>by such forcible measures that the Government will be masters of the situation. What particular measures are to be used to bring about a speedy settlement of the dispute are not stated j but Sir H. Parkes, being a man firm of purpose and ready of resource, fa not likely to make an empty boast, and the next few days should witness either some practical effort to bring about a peaceable solution, or the quarrel will be pushed on to such a stage that both sides will be compelled to come to terms. Sir H. Parkes evidently holds a different opinion to many colonial politicians who echo the cry that the State's duty is to stand by and keep the ring clear, and let the oombatants fight it out. He realises that the material wealth of the colony is being sacrificed, that thousands of persons engaged m trade and commerce are being brought to the verge- of ruin, and that, if the contest is, allowed to continue much longer, the colony will be plunged into undisguised war. Seeing all this the New South Wfeles Premier has come to the conclusion that the labour problem has arrived at that acute stage m his colony when it must be brought within the range of practical politics. It is to be regretted that, having decided that his Government shall take part In"the contest, Sir H. Parkes has taken up a somewhat partisan attitude, and that he • lays the whole responsibility of continuance of the struggle on the shoulders of the strikers. This is unfortunate, as it will lay the Government open to a serious charge of seeking to oppress one section of the people m order-to conserve the interests of those with ; wh)om they are m; collision. Whatever stejis the New South Wales Government or any other Government take to bring about peace should be taken independently, or the result will only be a temporary cessation of hostilities, to be renewed again m a more aggravated form. The welfare of the mother., colony and sister colony demands that, if the Governments interfere at all, whatever they do must be totally free from any charge of partisanship. If, as apparently indicated by Sir H. Parkes, his Government have entered the contest with the sole intentior of bringing it to an abrupt end, equal pressure must be brought to' bear on the opposing forces. If, however, as seems probable, the New South Wales Government are going into the contest with the intention of bringing only one of the belligerent forces to their knees, we cannot hope that the labour problem, which has caused so much sensation m the colonies, will be advanced one step further than it is at present. We nevertheless look forward with much interest to further developments of the labour troubles m New South Wales now that the Government has become a party to the quarrel.
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THE STRIKE IN NEW SOUTH WALES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2545, 16 October 1890
THE STRIKE IN NEW SOUTH WALES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2545, 16 October 1890
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