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THE STRIKES IN LONDON., Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
THE STRIKES IN LONDON.
[By Train from Christchurch to Timaru ] (By Eleotbio Telegraph.—Copyright,] [Per Press Association,] LONDON, September 8. The Lord Mayor accuses the strikers of a breach of faith in refusing to accept the compromise. At a meeting in Hyde Park Burns stated that he merely undertook to submit the proposal to the Executive. The rejection was unanimous, and so was the opinion that mediation is a mistake. LONDON, September 9. The Lord Mayor, Cardinal Manning, and Bishop Temple jointly publish a letter stating that they are unable to understand the reception of their proposals by the men, and if the strikers persist in it they will justly forfeit public sympathy. It is stated that the men will resume work at 6d an hour, to begin in October, and the Lord Mayor is trying to induce the companies to grant the increase at un earlier date than January, as at first arranged.
The Melbourne Chamber of Commerce held a special meeting on the 2nd inst. to consider the situation. It was evident from the outset (says the 1 Argus ’) that the sympathies of the majority of the Committee were with the men out on strike, The wretched conditions under which the dock laborers of London work and live were fully recognised. While it was felt that the prevailing state of things was partly due to the overstocked supply of unskilled labor in the East End of London, and to the improvident and irregular habits of the laborers themselves, it was pointed out that the profits of the dock companies were usually exceedingly small. This, however, was no reason why a large population should be obliged to remain in a state of semi-star-vation, and several members of the Committee expressed the opinion that if an increase of wages could only bo brought about by an increase of dock charges, and consequently of freights, the shipping trade of these colonics would cheerfully agree to take its share of the necessary burden. After some discussion, it was agreed to despatch this cablegram to the London Chamber of Commerce ; Chamber of Commerce wish to show practical sympathy with dock laborers, if not injudicious.” A reply had not been received up to the mail leaving. The public meeting in Melbourne was a great success. The Temperance Hall could not accommodate all the people who attended, and an “ overflow ” meeting was held in another part of the city. The chairman of the larger meeting (Mr Hancock, president of the Trades Hall Council) announced that over L4OO had been collected that day without any solicitation whatever. Among the contributions that had been handed in were—the Seamen’s Union, L 30 0; Bricklayers’ Society, LIOO ; Salvation Army, L 10 0; Tailors’ Society, L 10 0; Masons’ Society, LIOO ; employes Williamstown workshops, 1,60; Celtic Club, LSO ; the Premier (Mr I). Gillies), LSO; Civil Service Public Supply Company. L2l; collection on wharf, Lll 12s; Mr A. W. Hodson, LSO; Chief Justice Higinbotham, L2O; glass bottle makers, L 2 5; employes Newport workshops, L 55. Mr W. E. Murphy moved—“ That this meeting deplores the privations now being suffered by the London dock laborers and others in their efforts to secure increased remuneration for their labors.” Mr J. Woods, M.L.A., in seconding, said that the people of these colonies were rich enough to keep the laborers on strike and their families in food until their oppressors had given in.—(Loud cheers.) But in order to do that it was essential that everyone should give according to his means. It must not be thought that giving once freed the person who gave from giving again if the necessities of the ease demanded it, and they must keep on giving until oppressed labor had gained, at any rate, the small privilege that it was asking of receiving 6d an hour instead of fid. The next resolution was;—“Thatthis meeting view with indignation the attitude assumed by the London dookowners in resisting the just and moderate demands of their employes.” At this stage a collection was taken up in the room, andL7s gathered, Mr Fitzgibbon (town clerk of Melbourne) contributing L 25. The Rev. Dr Strong proposed :—“ That all sections of this community be requested to contribute to a fund to ho devoted to the mitigation of the appalling sufferings now being endured by these oppressed laborers and their defenceless wives and • children.” Much good would come out of this appalling crisis, and a lesson would be taught which was very much required. Wo seemed too often to forget that we were not an aggregation of units, aud that there was such a thing us 9 sodality
of men. He was pleased to see that both i capitalists and laborers were ooutributing to the funds. Mr G. D. Langridge, M.L.A., seconded the motion, and 'said that the Postmaster-General had given instructions to have the motion passed at the meeting telegraphed free of cost to the London newspapers for publication. The Rev. Dr Bevan supported the motiou, and remarked that he knew there must be tremendous suffering just now in London, and especially among the women and children of the poorer classes. The people of these colonies should show their sympathy with them by contributing without delay to tho fund. Before the meeting closed it was announced that L 1,604 had been collected in the room and L2O at the “overflow” meeting. The Victorian Chamber of Manufacturers carried this resolution“ That thig’,Chamber sympathise with the distress existing amongst the dock laborers in London, and authorise their president to remit LSO by cable, as a first instalment towards the fund for its alleviation.” On the 2nd inst. the United Dock Laborers of Sydney voted LSO, and it was thought that there would be no difficulty in raising LI,OOO among the associated trades. Several of the political organisations in that city carried resolutions of sympathy with the strikers.
THE STRIKES IN LONDON., Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
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