WORK AND WAGES.
THE ENGINEERS' STRIKE. PARIS, October 23. The Socialist members of the Chamber of Deputies have appealed to French workmen to assist the English Btrikers. ASSISTANCE FROM ITALY. ROME, October 23. Italian Socialists have decided to grant assistance to the English strikers. NEW ZEALAND HELPING THE STRIKERS. AUCKLAND. October 23. At a meeting of the E'gbt Hours League it was resolved":—" That this League, while deploring the existence of the .engineers' Btrike ,in England,, .co-operate with the Trades and Labor Council in calling a public meeting for the purpose of taking stepfcto assist the engineers in the Old Country who are now struggling for eight hours a day." A combined meeting of the Trades and Labor Council and Eight Hours League was held last night to take into consideration the best means of assisting the engineers in Great Britain in their present struggle for an eight-hour working day. It was resolved ■ to hold a public meeting, open subscription lists, and enlist the help and sympathy of the labor organisations. WELLINGTON, October 24. A mass meeting of sympathisers with locked-out engineers in Great Britain was held last night on the reclaimed land. The Premier wrote apologising for his" inability to be present, and enclosing a cheque in aid of the fund. Sir R. Stout, Messrs"J. Hutcheson and Wilson, M.H.R.s, and several others delivered addresses. Sir R. Stout suggested that a month oE self-denial should be arranged, during which the workers throughout the colony should abstain from liquor and tobacco. On the basis of the official statistics he calculated this would in the raising of £30,000 or £40,000 to send Home. A resolution was passed expressing sympathy and support with the locked-out engineers, and a collection was taken up to swell the fund which is being raised to assist them. CHRISTCHURCH, October 24. A demonstration was held this afternoon in Hagley Park in support of the locked-out English engineers. About 6,000 people were present. A procession of 400 trades unionists and bandsmen paraded the street*. Addresses were given by Ben Tillett and others, and resolutions passed sympathising with the English engineers, and calling on the New Zealand Parliament to pass the Eight Hours Bill. A collection in aid of the locked-out engineers was taken up. A letter was read from Bishop Juliu3, expressing sympathy and forwarding a donajtion. COMPULSORY ARBITRATION. LONDON, October 23. Air W. P. Reeves, addressing the Fabian Society, explained the working of compulsory arbitration in New Zealand. The ' Daily News,' commenting on the speech, says that England is not ripb for the compulsory enforcement of arbitration awards, THE LOCKNOW MINE. SYDNEY. October 23. The Lucknow^management have secured over ninety additional Uendigo miners. The police escorted the men to the mine. There was but little demonstration, and no disturbance.
CARPENTERS AND JOINERS' SOCIETY. The fortnightly meeting of the Duuedin branch of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners was held on Saturday evening, the president in the chair. Correspondence was received from the district, and also the local office of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers calling attention to the struggle for the eight-hour day in Britain, and appealing in eloquent and forcible terms for assistance to continue the struggle, which is one that affects not only the A.S.E., bnt the welfare and progress of iudustry throughout the whole of the organised labor world. Discussion ensued, in which it ■ was shown that the action of the Carpenters and Joiners Society in the Old World indicated that generally followed the striking of a universal levy as long as the strike lasts. The following resolution was carried :—" That the first meeting be summoned by circular to discuss the best method of drawing up into line with our brethern engaged in industrial watfare, the best and most effec tive ways of rendering moral and financial assistance during the struggle, recoguising that although it is not our society that is engaged it is nevertheless of such vital importance to us workers that we deem it absolutely necessary that the demands of our unionist brethren should be met by a liberal response." The following resolution was also carried :—" That this society approve of the action of Premier Seddon in endeavoring to place upon the Statute Book a Master and Apprentice Act, also an Eight Hours Act, believing that the best interests of society cin only be served (if only from a humanitarjan aspect) by the passage of legislative enactments which will eventually replace commercial anarchy by industrial regulation, and urging upon the Premier to make both measures applicable to all Government employed."
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WORK AND WAGES., Evening Star, Issue 10453, 25 October 1897