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TRADES AND LABOUR.

LONDON, September 29. Four thousand tin-plat© workers at Llanelly (Wales) have struck in. favoiiF of ail eight hours' shift. October 2. One thousand miners in the Pentre Colliery, Rhondda, Wales, have struck as a protest against the employment of non-unionists. October 4. The Times' New York correspondent states that it is understood President Roosevelt has formed definite plans for working the coal mines of Pennsylvania independently of the existing companies. The Cabinet consider the plans feasible, and an extra session of" Congress to discuss the matter is possible. PARIS, Septembr 29. The newspaper Le Temps says that the Miners' National Committee are wholly against the projected general strike. October 2. The fetrikers at Lille threaten to wreck the trains if they do not obtain satisfaction. October 4. Eight thousand miners have struck in the department of Pas-de-Calais as a protest against a reduction of wages. The Premier will resist the miners' demand for a minimum wage, but has promised to introduce a bill providing for fixed hours for the working day and old-age pensions. October 6. Twenty thousand miners are on fctrike in Pas-de-Calais. WASHINGTON, October 2. . President Roosevelt is inviting the presidents of the anthracite coal companies and Mr Mitchell (president of the Miners' Union) to confer with himself to-morrow in reference to the strike. He described the matter as vitally concerning the whole nation. The invitation has been accepted. The State Democratic Convention's platform, adopted at Saratoga, includes the national ownership of anthracite coal mines, with just compensation to the px-cs>ent owners. NEW YORK, October 1. Three thousand strikers at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, dynamited the collieries' buildings and roughly handled a number of Communists. The militia have been sent to the scene. October 3. The counsel given by President Roo.sevelt at to-day'b conference to discuss the miners' strike will be limited to an appeal on humanitarian considerations, he having no powers of compulsion. October 5. The International Mercantile Marine Company announce the purchase in England of 50,000 tons of domestic coal, to be used iv relieving the suffering poor of America and supplying the public institutions. President Roosevelt contimies his efforts to mediate on a basis of the miners' return to work and an understanding that Congress shall consider their grisTattfisg,

j • October 6. I Mr Stone, Governor of Pennsylvania is determined to maintain orcter, even if he has to call the entire militia out. The mine-owners declare that they have workers enough if protected. THE SHEARERS' DISPUTE. AN AGREEMENT ARRIVED AT. CHRISTCHTJRCH, October 3. At a conference of shearers and sheepowners, held in Christohurch to-day, a settlement of the questions in dispute was arranged after a lengthy discussion, and therefore the time of the Arbitration Court will not be occupied hearing what promised to be a lengthy case. The arrangement ia for three yeairs, but the terms are not public yet. FEDERATION OF LABOUR. WELLINGTON, October 3. The Trades and Labour CouncSl last evening decided to take immediate steps towards the creation of one federation of labour throughout the wbole colony.

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TRADES AND LABOUR. Otago Witness, Issue 2534, 8 October 1902

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