The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1913. THE STRIKE OF LYTTELTON.
Thb eveutß of the next few days n Lytteiton will be with in terest, From beirjg moat loth tc strike the Lytfceiton waterside woikers appear to have gradually worked themselves up to a etate of rebellion against their employers. Bo far the strikers have been loft unmolested, and had no free labour of cargo to | irritate them. To morrow, when free labour will be put ou to work the Cargo, there may ba trouble, The Government will have a large body of Special constables to guard the wharves, and violence will not bt resorted to unless the crowd n£gra vates the police. In spite of all tba< the etrikera have tried to say to thi contrary, the special constables be hayed in a most exemplary manner at Wellington, only retaliating on tht crowd under great provocation. It is no far cry from here to .Lytteiton, and the working of the port affects us nearly, Also there is a considerable contingent of Peninsula men among the mounted " specials." After the les3on they have had from the i tots a;. Wellington and Auckland the Lyttet ton and Uhristchmch crowds may livery peaceable, and the cargo may I c handled without any trouble at all. Oil the other band the " Ked Feds " are not likely to let the opportunity go to make one more stand for thtii "rights," and the Lytteiton and Ohrißtchuroh mobs are always easy to away, being of a decidedly excitable nature. There is a targe section ol Socialists in Cbristcburcb, who probably sympathise deeply with the binkers, and these men may make » ifcrenuous effort to prevent free labour being put on. It is gratifying to note that no act of violence has been perpetrated at Auckland, atid we are glad to see that the Strike Committee deolnre that the story of the gelignite being placed on the railway line is a hoax, The attempts at legislation to solve the difficulty do not appear to have been at all successful. The Prime Minister, after a week's attempt to act as mediator, has decided evidently that Parliament cannot settle the matter till tie employers and employees come to better terms. At prosent the employees want the employers to reoognise the Federation of Labour, which the latter refuse to do, and the employers ask the men to work under the Arbitration Act, which makes both parties equally Ihble. Neither side will accede to the other's request, and in the North. laland the employers have simply put on men who will work undw arbi tration. The strikers have been very unreasonable throughout, and are asking the employera to, bind tbemselv down to fixed conditions, white »' the, employees, are quite free, T is mo doubt the men are me j. v |UiedthaitUMM4,M far £ ° beG) »..i.a-bj KV ««.k»r «* ; agitfttor3 , i 5, * ?.. *T d •* ItfttaUo. quietly. Th •Mtt» of 1890 w ( much felt at Lyt .elton, and Wj donbt the what labourers wiSl benefit by the le.^sou learnt from strike. It i 3 wron and ioolis'a to consider that labou has not Hβ right?, and they should h careful guarded, but the employer als has hie fight to an appeal to arbitre