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A Federated Wharf Laborers' Union has been constituted, and already numbers nearly 2,000 men. Tho head office will be in Dunedin, with branches at the principal seaports. At a conference at which the following bodies ware represented Denniston and Brunnerton coal miners; Wharf Laborers' Union of Dunedin, Auckland, Wellington, and Lyttelton; Westport Labor Union; Greymouth Labor Union and Federated Seamen"; and close on 8,000 men accounted for, it was decided to form a maritime council for the colony on the following basis:—

Tho Maritime Council of New Zealand shall be composed of delegates from societies, directly or indirectly conneoted with maritime labor, each of such bodies having the privilege of Btnding two members to its meetings. The object of the establishment of such a council is to form a deliberative and representative body which is possessed of a specialknowledgo of the matters coming under its cognisance, a'nd which by'an aggregatipn of power can enforce the carrying " out of" legitimate and nepoesary reforms, whore a single union might find the task beyond Its individual strength. The functions of the Council may be enumerated aa follows: 1. To act as a board of conciliation and arbitration for the settlement of any dispute that may occur between any of the unions represented on the Council and their employers. 2. To endeavor by a distinct and steadfast polioyto seoure the best possible advantages for the class of labor oyer thp interests of which it is designed to watpbii, To discuss, consider, and nut into force, when approved, any schema which may be brought forward in the interests of trades unionism, and to uso its influence in support of, or in opposition to, any Bill or Bills affecting maritime labor which may be brought before tho Parliament of New Zealand. Byajudiciouß use of these functions the Maritime Counoil of New Zealand may become an organisation of auoh importance and power that tho societies incorporated oannot fail to obtain any just and reasonable concession which they may be advised to ask from the employers of this aolony. Rules for the government of the Council were adopted. These rules will regulate all disputes or strikes which may arise from time to time.

Mr J. A. Miller has been appointed segre,tary pro tern, to the Council, and its affairs are not likely to suffer while in his energetic. bantj«.

It is proposed to bold a meeting in Dunedin early next week for the purpose of forming a trades and labor council for the City upon a similar basis to that adopted by the Victorian Trndes apd Labor Council.

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IMPORTANT LABOR MOVEMENTS., Issue 8048, 26 October 1889

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IMPORTANT LABOR MOVEMENTS. Issue 8048, 26 October 1889

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