THE BOTHWELL CASTLE.
DETERMINED STAND B\ F THE SEAMEN'S UNION.
A meeting of the members of the Federated Seamen's Union was held in Dunediu last evening, for the purpose of considering whether it was advisable to proceed further in the matter of the dispute as to the employment of coolies on the steamer Bothwell Castle, now lying at Ly ttelton and under charter to the Union Steam Jjlhlp Company. Over a hundred membars were present.
The question before the meeting was discussed at length, and it was' eventually resolved that the vessel should not be allowed to leave Port Ly ttelton while employing the colored men, and that the chartering company be notified to that effect this morning. The main resolution was passed in a most enthusiastic manner, those present being completely unanimous, in the opinion that it was their duty to resist to the uttermost the introduction of Eastern labor on vessels trading here. It was also resolved to wire to Auckland and Wellington claiming support in the action taken, and we understand that the White men on the ship are called on to cease work at once unless the objectionable men are knocked off, even though the refusal of duty should lead to the strikers being Bent to gaol. On inquiring as to the number of coolies engaged, we learn that there are thirty-two of them on the Bothwell Castle. Of these, twenty-four are firemen; the remainder "serangs" (or gaffers) and cooks 'or stewards.
This morning the Union Company were informed of the action taken, and we understand they have suggested a compromise to the effect that' the company will undertake to replace the coolies by white men on the return of the steamer froth Sydney, and' to keep the coolies out of her during the time the vessel is in the colonial trade. This offer is, we learn, under consideration by 1 the Seamen's Union.
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THE BOTHWELL CASTLE., Evening Star, Issue 7944, 27 June 1889