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A STRIKE OYER. _ : [Per Press Association.—Copyright.] o SYDNEY, September 24. The Stockton miners have accepted the management’s terms and resumed work, BOOT TRADE CONFERENCE. The Conference of representatives of the Boot Manufacturers’ -Association and the New Zealand Federated Boot Trade Union opened on Wednesday at Christchurch. Mr A. H. Turnbull occupied the chair. . Mr Osborne, one of the union representatives, said he took it that the business of the meeting was the consideration of the general rules and statement of prices submitted by the men to the employers. Mr Frosliok said that lheae rules bad been discussed twice at the Board of Conciliation, and the Judge of the Arbitration Court had spent neatly a week recently in considering these same points. All the points now raised by the union were practically the same as dealt with by the Court of Arbitration, and if the union insisted upon the reopening of the old questions it must be bfifore the tribunal which alone r had power to make an award. His side felt that it would .be an insult to thd’Court of Arbitration to deal with the, general rules. Mr Osborne said their representatives had been directly instructed by the unions to discuss this question. If the*manufacturers were determined not to discuss the matter the Conference would close very soon. After discussion, the Chairman said the position was whether the Federation would force their suggestions as to the rules or adjourn. The manufacturers had agreed to take as read the rules and conditions, dowu to the Conditions of labor on the printed statement.

A short adjournment was. made to ; allow the Federation representatives to consider the position. On resuming, Mr Osborne said that their delegates, having considered the position, had ; decided that, as the employers had declined to discuss the general rules, the employes would decline, to discuss the conditions of labor and labor departments. It was rather a speedy termination to a meeting such as this, but as they would probably have clashed later on it was better to come to an understanding at once. Mr Osborne then moved and Mr Whiting seconded—“ That, as the employers decline to discuss an amendment of the rules rela? ting to constitution of general board, powers of general board, constitution of private arbitration boards, constitution of local boards and powers of local boards, the employes decline to discuss the conditions of labor, labor departments, and other matters of which, in with the rules, notice has been given, and therefore that this Conference be dissolved."

Mr Frostick said that the manufacturers were willing to discuss on their merits the points dealing with the conditions of labor and departments of labor, as they had never been before the Court. It would have been better to have seen on what points they could have agreed, and then gone to the Court with the points on which they could not agree. The responsibility‘for the termination of the Conference would rest With the employes. The manufacturers would not come to another conference to have it terminate in such a way. The Chairman > asked if there was no middle course which could be adopted. If the resolution were put the voting would be ten to ten, and he did not know what the position would be then.

After discussion, a suggestion was made that the employers should allow the men to advance arguments in favor of their proposed amendments in the rules, and I hit the men should then bear what the employers had to say with regard to the conditions of labor and labor departments. Some of the union delegates pointed out that after a discussion of, say, two hours on each side they would be no further forward. They had suggestions which they wanted voted upon. The Chairman said it was a pity that matters had reached their present stage. The first rule said that there should be a general Board of Conciliation, but so far he had not observed much conciliation. . At 12 30 p.'m. the Conference adjourned till 2 p.m. On resuming, the Chairman sail the business befote the meeting was the resolution proposed by Mr Osborne, unless some course could be suggested which would take them out of the difficulty. The resolution was then pub, there being 10 votes {the operatives) for it, and the manufacturers giving 10 Votes against it. The Chairman declared the Conference dissolved.—' Lyttelton Times.’

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WORE AND WAGES, Issue 10428, 24 September 1897

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WORE AND WAGES Issue 10428, 24 September 1897

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