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rrhe recent discussion by the Trades I _; ne n on the Premier's action in ofDreadnought to the Old Counfhas produced "a storm of criticism i the Pr ess and amon S labour circles, 0.-nlntions have been passed in strong i!!n- bT some of the local unions, prothe attitude taken by the Si particularly the executive. At i-tnfeli& meetinar of the Council, copies • resolutions were received from the iwalaamated Society of Carpenters and T^er s and the Bricklayers' Union, in .-j, "strong exception was taken to sf. jarharons and un-British discussion T4 lad taken place at the last meetly The full text of the resolutions been published in these colors Emily Xiceol, on the other hand, Jote'heartily endorsing and eongratuhtine the Council upon its attitude in mnneetion with what, in her words, was : «flic deplorable blunder committed by «T Joseph Ward by the offer of a Sreafaousht to Britain. - It amounts to Reason upon Ms part to inflict an ex- " taxation upon the already heaviest tod people in Australasia. A nation tike England, that is compelled to resort to the means of a fanatical excitement, -ujh'jß has been done in connection with 5L -w 'An Englishman's Home,' and ;'" Boff in connection with Germany is a mtion that is rotten to the core. EngSid has repulsed and degraded the colonies and it is well for us that there uesieii of the Fisher stamp with backtone ;to acknowledge it. Sir Joseph ffanf will Tio doubt get what he played f o r-fartiier tinsel recognition." ■When the matter came up last night, M iu6 dissatisfaction was expressed at {le absence of the prime movers. Messrs. UK and Henry. Mr. Henry, however, turned up later, and Mr. Long had to spat at the meeting called by the National. Defence League. jir. Oliver Mason, when the resolu- ; fjons'from the carpenters and bricklayers had been read, moved the following TKolntion: — That while the Council at all times 3eplores the existence o>f any friction or ill-feeling between itself and the members of °any industrial union, we most snreserredly- condemn the altogether unTrarrantable strictures passed by . the lAneklarid' Bricklayers' Union on the resolution passed by this Council, condemntKe offer of a Dreadnought to the Empire by the Prime Minister of this Pominion, and as we fnlly recognise that there is room for a difference of opinion ok this subject, we fully recognise that tee has certainly been no occasion for those insulting references to members of this body for the crime of expressing te: opinion on a debatable subject. Tte spectacle of an industrial body circulating their jingoistic resolution ihroajh the medium of a capitalistic Ires, and laying it at the feet of a capUlistic Premier, is a degree of rneaniSss ana sycophancy, which carries it 3 own condemnation." on to say that the BricklaytrfTJniim had made reflections on certain members of tiie Council, and the CwmdLshould take notice of it. He conaSsed that these strictures were not ealleS'fer. If the members cf the Council itre' afraid to express their views, I figr'shouid not belong to the organisap ftii He considered that no union had tit right to hurl insults at the members ,of the Gareseil, who fearlessly expressed Ifieirviews. - i Another delegate seconded the resolution, and saw little harm in the word "barbarous," for, quoth he, "Were not Harms, Aurelius, and Cicero barbaric? , • Mr. Eosser said they had to be very carefnl in a mixed Council; each union hid a right to its opinion, and the Council should receive it courteously. B should not be their part to continue I & discussion which would drive unions ' : from their midst. He regretted that a ■ special meeting of the Tramway Union [ hi. prevented him from attending that ; ol the Carpenters', or he would have a j irord to say in defence of the Council's j action. He thought the best and most i fiplomatic thing to do would be to rei tare these protests courteously, and end : this "you're another' "business. As an i I 'amendment, he moved—"That the proI fefa of "these unions be received." ; 3fr. Beeves said he had moved the \ ißGlution. in the Carpenters' Union, j ;ttongh now its wording had become i %ltly stronger. The members of the aion considered that the executive of i fie Council had not shown a proper I Cample to the others, and had made to Council the laughing stock of the I whole city. Mr. Kosser would have a .' tanceto defend the Council, for the j ejenters proposed to hold a meeting , w consider the advisability of withdrawEjEleir affiliation. &• Peake supported the amendment, I nl thought they should not aggravate ac anions unnecessarily, besides express[the liope that the motion would. bt> TOMiawn. j iiofher delegate was of opinion that ■ "rman who had anything to say l amst the flag he lived under lost all sase of self-respect and all sense of ■- sfisonr. - I pother speaker said they had been JTOfor a White New Zealand and ftlite Australia, and how could they i mM .maintain them without a navy ft tactup their wishes? ■', J" 0 P 1 as the executive officers were ' tne next speaker was not ■ **ty them. He had yet to learn that I &W 11 "* the c< ,lllloll had shown disI ftjf*-* Ol . the flag. He wondered if I of protest had been ~j? e <i at representative meeting*. I b ? eCTes: At the meeting of the I Renters' Union it was carried by a : "Sp fy of over 200. : «• Henry said he had felt pretty J J™ *. oTer the matter, and had thought I the Press; but would not, ; W O " 3 thoughts, go to a capitalistic Jkfi. wouM maliciously distort - & • t ?rote for tfl e»' own ends. Half J had condemned his utterI so had the leader in the iDewii never a t any portion of my i zS~, said that the workers of New I would be no worse off under Ger- ; fee * B '" ie w^nt OD - "I s aj d that I in j M S 1 7 workers in Britain would I W Worse oS tmder German rule." : Joom a nofc a moTe ] °yal man in the ; . tetriot- ilimse li. but" his idea of] I Ujj,, m not to sing "Rule, Brit--1 Wγ •" Sons of the Sea -" He be ' : fe arwj ol tarism ' and that we should I B L a r a /-" Uled to fi § ht fo^the f *Wth**-u- ln > for it; was a country I&fHhe S for- The y went out and ' » i a t palatial houses—the homes *!ir oJ i- Jr ~ ana on the other hand fe-jg Si* Place, often not worthy 4 home - "What do you aaasion v ie asked. "That palatial i! «t m,v i whafc do J 0 " die for?— U v ble mie slaee where the lee -Ana it's not your own. ,

Mr. Henry: Give the workers proper conditions to live, and they will never say that this country is not worth fighting for. They will - fight—aye, and die for it. A Delegate: You said you would not fight for a country that would not pass a Right to Work Bill; therefore, your argument is squashedMr. Aggers regretted that the resolution had been moved, for it was no good stirring up any matter which could best be left alone. The Opposition in England to-day was the Government that engineered the South African War, and they were the ones who were making the whole row about the Dreadnoughts. Who were the men who suffered untold agonies in South Africa? Why, men from their own ranks—the workers. What did they get? Before the earth had dried on their graves the march of the Chinese into the country commenced. That was what they got. If the present Opposition was in power, they would run Chinese into South Africa again. In this country we should do the best we can to defend ourselves. "The time may come when we require it," he proceeded. "History has repeated itself. In fifty years' time we may require to cut the painter from England. I don't say we will, but we may need to." 'Mr. Mason declined to withdraw his motion, and the voting was even—ll each way. Mr. Aggers again appealed to Mr. Mason to withdraw his motion, but the latter preferred that the chairman should exercise his casting vote, which he did, and the resolution was carried.

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LABOUR AND LOYALTY., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 89, 15 April 1909

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LABOUR AND LOYALTY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 89, 15 April 1909

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