ADDRESS BY WEST COAST DELEGATES.
Christciiukch December 11
The strikers held a meeting last evening of a lively nature, which was addressed by the two West Coast delegates to the Waterside Workers' Conference. Mr 0, Nelson, president, who has utilised a wise restraining in- , fluence during the strike, resigned.
Thete is every indication that the majority will return to work uext week.
The general feeling is that the watersiders would baye resumed long ago if the seamen and firemen were not still out on their behalf. It is freely stated that the majority are full up of the Federation and its tactics.
The Arbitration Unions are in a strong position, and it is likely that the arrival of the Home boat expected next week will bring things to a head.
The total number of old waserside strikers who have resumed work is about 300.
Tha drivers strike has ended without an official call off. The members of the new and old unions have determined to retain their own or £ ai's tions The employers are unconcerned on that point.
Six seamen stokers applied to join the crew cf the Ka'oa and tr.ka a cargo of Christmas goods north.
The general feeling of the public is that the Red Federation executive will be obliged soon to admit it 3 defeat,
It is understood that at tomorrow's con ference there will be a straight out vote on the question of continuing or terminating the strike,
TRUST IN STRIKE LEADERS WANING.
The remaining strikers are growing d "atrustful of leaders in various districts, and the men are eager to return to work. They have lo3t confidence in the ability of the miners to coerce the employers, and the truth is sinking into the minda of the strikers that the employers are undismayed at the miners idleness. Daily the strike area is sfcriaking throughout New Zealand 1 A sign of failing strikers resourcos is that the meal tickets for single watereide workers have been reduced from three a day to five for two days. " Back a?aiu," was the remark made by 3 wharf official, as a striker came in to sign on with the Wharf labourers' Union. "Yes, I've had seven weeks of it, and it's no good to a man" was the rejoinder, ''It's your own fault; you could have got work before," said the oflioial, " It's no fault of ours," said the striker, " it's only the agitators who are keeping (hem out now." The sentiment was endorsed, though not in the same words by another striker, who remarked as he added his name to the long list, " I'm ready to start straight away; I'm done with (foe old union."-*"WeHingtoD 'Tost."
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THE STRIKE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913
THE STRIKE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913
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