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TOvION OFFICIALS DECLINE A CONFERENCE. (Received February 18, 9.10 a.m.) SYDNEY, February 18. Mr Estell (Minister of Labour) made continued efforts at mediation throughout yesterday. He had two interviews with the masters' committee, and suggested that the .committee should confer with the Butchers' Union delegates. This the committee declined, on the ground' tTiat Sio. possible r good would result, and made a counter-sug-gestion that Mr Estell, the Secretary of th 4 Labour Council, and the 'IndustriaTT&nninissioner confer with the men with view of resuming on the old conditions. The executive of the Labour Council considered the suggestion, and an effort was made to get nto touch with the meat industry tmion officials, but it failed; the latter, loweyer, were informed from another source, and stated that the proposals sere no good to them. j

At the Cabinet's instractions, Mr Sstell will resume mediation efforts 6-day. He is hopeful of finding a way iui, though he insists that the Arbiration Act must be observed. v

The Secretary of the Labour Federalon of Australasia says he is watching evelopmentsj and is prepared to afford

Ny help required, but the Federation as no idea of a general strike—the ispute should be confined, to the meat idustry. ■

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FRUITLESS MEDIATION EFFORTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8797, 18 February 1914

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FRUITLESS MEDIATION EFFORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8797, 18 February 1914

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