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(Per Press Association—Copyright.) SYDNEY, February 13. Since the breaking of; the New Zealand strike, there has been a growing movement among Australian employers in the direction of unity for resisting the constant demands of employees for higher wages and shorter hours. The wharf labourers' " lazy". strike, and tiie butchers' trouble, have given a strong impetus to the movement. Following on the ukase of the Employers' Federation, a conference today of pastoralists and farmers decided to ask all trades directly or indirectly j allied with the meat industry to unite in firmly resisting the butchering em- ! ployees' demands. [ The conference resolved to withdraw] the recent offer made by' the retail butchers, and appointed a permanent committee to deal with the dispute. The speeches indicated that the employers had reached the limit of compromise. „

The committee subsequently appointed representatives to meet the Minister of Labour, and also decided to supply hospitals and other Government institutions with meat. Anyone holding stocks of meat in, cold storage is asked to place them at I the committee's disposal. When the men attended at the Glebe Island abattoirs to-day, they found that, with .the exception of one or two establishments, all work had ceased. Hundreds are idle. The men claim this constitutes a lock-out. , ;.

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EMPLOYERS ON THE AGGRESSIVE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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EMPLOYERS ON THE AGGRESSIVE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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