WORK AND WAGES.
THE ENGINEERS' STRIKE MADE GENERAL. A DEMAND FOR AN EIGHT-HOURS' DAY. [Pee Pbess Association.—Copyright.] LONDON, October 11. The Executive of the Federated Trades have decided to call a general strike on Friday. The Federation includes boilermakers, shipbuilders, enginemakers, carpenters, joiners, shipwrights, blacksmiths, and other unions. The Free Laborers' Protection Association delegates, representing 182,000 members, have appealed to the employers not to yield to the demands of the unionists. October 12. The Federated Trades Executive urged Mr Ritchie to try and induce the employers to discuss the industrial position. Mr John Burns ridicules the action as a policy of dalliance.
Mr Barnes, secretary of the Engineers' Association, reproaches the trades with want of alacrity. The president of the Free Laborers 1 Protection Association advocates the federation of ten millions of non-unionists for the purpose of securing industrial peace. As a result of the strike in the engineering trade German engineers have been engaged to erect the British gunboats on the Nile for the Anglo-Egyptian expedition against the Soudan dervishes. October 13. The Boilermakers' Society resolved to strike on Friday if the employers decline to give way and insist upon their decision to revert to nine hours per day/ The engineers' demand for eight hours is also being taken up by the railway men throughout the United Kingdom. Locomotive men, signalmen, shunters, waggon examiners, greasers, and platelayers have resolved to press for an eight hour;' concession, and other railway employes for ten hours. MELBOURNE, October 12. The Victorian branch of the Australasian Institute of Marine Engineers decided to seed £I,OOO to the Amalgamated Society of Engineers in England to assist in the eighthour struggle. WELLINGTON, October 13. Mr Ben Tillett delivered an address this afternoon on the engineering strike at Home and the eight-hour system. Referring to the introduction of machinery, he urged the workers not to allow themselves to be made the servants of labor-saving apparatus, but to make them become their servants. The Free Laborers' Association referred to in the cable messages should, be called the Free Buyers' Association. There were only about rive laboring men in it; the rest were employers. The engineers at Home would, if si>nt support, be able to hold their own for an indefinite period. He called on the workers in the colonies to assist the strikers, and hoped the time would come when six hours would be a working day. A resolution was passed sympathising with the engineers, and assuring them of the support of the workers of Wellington.
WAGES OF COTTON SPINNERS. LONDON. October 12. The Federated Master Cotton Spinners, finding a majority of their members in favor of a reduction wages, have requested a conference with the operatives to discuss the question. WELLINGTON, October 12. The Board of Conciliation report that they have been unaliio to frame an industrial agreement between tho Wellington Furniture Trade Union of Workers and the em. plovers in the trade iu terms of tho recommendations made at tho clo3o of the recent sitting. It therefore remains for tho dissatiefied parties to brine the matter before the Court of Arbitration if desired. Ah regards the question raised by the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, in which it is desired that an agreement shall be framed, notices have been served on the Bailders' and Contrac tors' Association and others who are to bs joined in the terms of the recent decision of the Conciliation Board that no further action will be taken by the union until a refusal is given to the demands made, or a reasonable time has elapsed without reply, which may be construed as a refusal.
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WORK AND WAGES., Evening Star, Issue 10444, 14 October 1897