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THE DOCK STRIKERS., Issue 8009, 11 September 1889
THE DOCK STRIKERS.
[By Electric Telegraph—Copyright.] [Per Press Association.] LONDON, September 9. The dock companies assert they have reached the limit of the concessions, which they calculate will cost them L 70,000 per annum. The City men assert that tbeextra expense will not be more than L 20.000. Negotiations with shipowners are suspended until the Lord Mayor has completed his work of mediation. Burns says the support of the Australian colonies h “ a P rove “, th j backbone of the strike. Thirty wharf owners have conceded the men s terras. Ihe Press comment on the splendid donations from Australia in aid of the strikers contrasted with the empty motions of sympathy from America.
THE PUBLIC MEETING. In compliance with a request from a number of prominent citizens of Dunedin, His Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Gourley) convened a public meeting for last night, for the purpose of expressing sympathy with the workmen now on strike in _ Great Britain. The meeting was held m the Choral Hall. The Mayor occupied the chair, and seats on the platform were also occupied by Bishop Nevill, Dr Stenhouse, Messrs Leo Smith, R. L. Stanford, George Fenwick, J. B. Callan R. H. Leary. Keith Ramsay, Sligo, J. Carroll, and J. V..Armstrong, while there were about sixty persons in the body of the hall. , The Mayor said that at the request of several gentlemen he called this meeting for the purpose of giving the citizens of Dunedin an opportunity of sympathising with the strike movement now gomg on in London. As Dunedin had always in the past been willing and anxious to lend a helping band to those in distress, be felt sure we would not be backward on this occasion.— •Hear hear.) No movement had ever met Kuch general sympathy as this present labor strike in London, and that fact went a lone way to prove to us in the colonies that the 8 day* was not far distant when honest labor would yet demand a fair day s wage for a fair day’s work.—(Applause.) There were several other gentlemen who mtende to address the meeting, so he would not take time, but would simply call on Mr Lee Smith. He had received ajetter of apology from the Rev. Rutherford Waddel 1, who expressed his regret at bcmg unablo to attend the meeting, and added that it had fais entire sympathy. He encioaed a oheque for one guinea in aid of the fund. The Rev. James Gibb had also sent a letter of apology for non-attendance, stating that he had nnotber meeting to attend to, and also enclosing a cheque for a guinea. Mr Cohen also forwarded an apology for non-attend-H. J. Walter, speaking from the body of the hall, said he was most reluctantly compelled to move that the meeting be postponed till another night. It was well known that a serious mistake had been made in first calling the meeting for Tuesday night, then postponing it, and then calling it again for Tuesday night Many newspaper readers, he was sure, had not noticed the paragraph referring to the alteration to Tuesday night; and another reason why it should be postponed was that lfc sho go forth that there was a lack of sympatL., in Dunedin in a matter of this kind, (Applause). He knew the people of Dunedin, and had had to do with thsm for many vears past, and he was sure that if the blunder made In calling the meeting for first one night and then another had not been made, there would have been a large and sympathetic meeting that mght-( Applause.) With all due deference to the gentlemen present, he begged to move that the meeting be postponed to Thursday or Friday night. —(Applause.) , , ~ , Mr Clifford seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. Dr Stenhouse thought that the meeting should not be called at too early a date. This matter of a strike at Home was one of very great importance, and they should have » large meeting to consider it. Mf Lee Smith thought it was a very lamentable circumstance that there should be such great trouble in London, and that the masses in this town should not gather up in stronger force than they had to consider the matter. He however, would make one excuse for them. Their nonattendance there thatnight was due probably to the unfortunate mistake that had been made with regard to calling the meeting. He was entirely in favor of a farther postponement, and he might say that that mornfug he and another gentleman made a canvass, and they were successful in collecting something like LSO for the relief of those la distress at Home owing to the strike without any difficulty whatever.—(Hear, hear.) He believed that that LSO was only the precursor of a very large amount of money for the purpose they had in view. He felt sure that if they were fortunate enough to have a larger meeting another night the amount already collected would be increased by a large sum.—(Applause.) Bishop Nevill said he hoped and believed that the next meeting would be one which would really be representative of the working classes of this important town. The only reason be rose to speak _ was that he thought there was an impression about in this place that there was no longer any necessity for assistance owing to the reports in the papers that the strike had already ceased; but it was within hh knowledge that the conditions of the distress were more permanent than was generally eupMr Leary thought also that there would have been a larger meeting if there had not been some mistake about calling it. He would blush for the people of Dunedin if he thought otherwise,—(Hear, hear.) Possibly the strike in London would be settled, but for all that there would be a considerable amount of distress that would have to be (relieved. —(Hear, hear.) He did not think Chat the money subscribed would-be sum<cient to relieve one-tenth of the distress in London caused by the strike. , The meeting then adjourned until a date to be fixed and advertised at some other time.
ASSISTANCE FOR THE STRIKERS. A meetingof the Dunedin Operative Bootmakers’ Union was held m Milton Hall, Stuart street, last night, Mr S. Brewn occupying the chair. U was agreed-' 'That thesumofL2s be voted towards the London dock strikers’ fund, and that the Union approve of the efforts put forth by the strikers to benefit their position, and appreciate the peaceable manner m which the strike has been conducted, and the measure of success that has attended the efforts of the strikers.” . . _ ~ . The Dunedin branch of the Typographical Association has issued (subscription lists amongst the trade, and a good sum of | money has already been collected. This and anv further sums that may come to band ■Till be handed over to the treasurer ot *ny fund that may be initiated with the a^At 8 * pubiie meeting at Greymouth collectors were appointed to canvass the town, and the wfaarf, quarry, and m!way hands. The Brunner miners and public are sending Home LIOO.
THE DOCK STRIKERS., Issue 8009, 11 September 1889
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