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THE DOCK LABORERS’ STRIKE.

(Bv Electric Telegraph.—Coptriotit.l (Special to Press Association.] LONDON, August 29. Several coal carters at King’s Cross railway station have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment for rioting and intimidation. The dock owners have held a conference at which it was decided to agree to everything except the demand for fid an hour. The dockmen refuse to accept the compromise, and Burns is engaged in negotiating a settlement. Wharfingers will unload on to wharves from midstream, and boycott the docks. Three thousand Belgians offered their services at 4Jd an hour, but Burns telegraphed to the Belgian labor leaders to stopcoal carters from coming, and was successful in inducing them to do so. Seventy thousand carcasses of Australian mutton have been unloaded. The Glasgow dock laborers are demanding an advance of id per hour. The stevedores have published a manifesto, in which they say they do not complain themselves, but sympathise with tho dockmen. Thousands similarly situated arc striking daily, and riverside factories, foundries, and warehouses are confined to unskilled labor. Men who do not belong to the Union are totally without means, and frightful privation has been caused by this labor crisis. The payments from strike funds average LI,OOO per day. One hundred thousand married men are on strike, and their allowance is limited to Is fid worth of food daily for each family. The pickets get 2s per day. Thousands of women and children besiege the food depots, where the scenes are perfectly harrowing. Tho Committee beg that the strike may be confined to the riverside laborers, otherwise they fear the movement will collapse from its own inherent weakness. Burns states that 150,000 strikers are determined to prevent the employment of Belgian laborers to the exclusion of British subjects. The Ruapehu sailed on Wednesday for New Zealand. The Joint Committee of the companies and strikers has advised the abolition of middlemen and an increase in wages. The directors of the dock companies have agreed to concede the former, but refuse any monetary increase. Mr T. Sutherland, chairman of theP. and O. Company, states that the principal shipping companies are discussing a proposal to construct a co-operative dock. The Thames wharfingers have accepted the strikers’ terms, and it is expected many of the men will resume work to-day.

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THE DOCK LABORERS’ STRIKE., Issue 7999, 30 August 1889

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THE DOCK LABORERS’ STRIKE. Issue 7999, 30 August 1889

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