Bydney, February 19
The depots yesterday were besieged by great crowds, who gathered long before opening time. Some women were* waiting for five hours in tbe hope of securing a supply.
Big staffs of master butchers at each depot were busy for two hours attend ing to the clamorous demands of excited and meddling citizens. Many had to be turned empty away,
At one depot 140 sheep were dis posed of in forty minutes.
To-day three depots will be opened in the city, and three more in the congested suburbs, HOPEFUL OUTLOOK. Later.
Tbe strike outlook is more hopeful. The efforts of Mr Estelle, Minister of Labour, promise to secure a compro misc. As tbe result of yesterday's negotiations, tbe Minister propounded a scheme for an interim award to be signed by both parties, and to be ope rative until the Industrial Court gives its finding, also stipulating that what ever wages are ultimately awarded will be retrospective to the beginning of the dispute. Mr Estelle believes that the end is in sight, the men's repre3en tatives having promised to advocate acceptance of the scheme at a mass meeting to be held to-night.
Representative committees of both sides endorsed Mr Estelie's optimism. Each declared that the position was at least very promising.
To-day fresh meat will take the place of the frozen.
Tbe master butchers have arranged to do the killing themselves. This morning the carting, distribution and cutting up was performed by volunteers, of whom abundance offered
The Minister promised the necessary protection, though no trouble is anticipated,
There are some 25,000 sheep and some 500 cattle available for a start. This will be a long way towards relieving the demands of the public. Further supplies of stock are assured.
The Grand Council of the Meat Industry has also decided to continue handling all frozen meat, with a view to facilitating a settlement,
Meetings of both sides to day will discuss the question of a compromise
It is optimistically predicted that normal conditions will be restored by Saturday.
In tbe meantime a roaring trade is being done in bacon, canned stuffs and dairy produce.
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THE STRIKE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914
THE STRIKE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914
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