BRISBANE, JUNE 1, 1895.
The World of Labour.
MANUKA station has commenced shearing.
A SHOP Assistant's Union has been established recently on Charters Towers.
COOMEEMARTIN, Evesham, and Bowen Downs stations all start shearing about June 1.
ONLY one boot scab has arrived in Brisbane since the commencement of the strike, and he has received due attention.
THE Hughenden Branch A.W.U. Is asking members to deposit £300 as capital with which to extend the co-operative store.
Boot operatives in the South are warned that the strike in the boot trade still continues owing to the employers refusing a conference.
A MOVEMENT is on foot amongst the boot employe's to establish a co-operative boot factory. Such a factory should be very successful.
SINCE the establishment of the drapery department the Hughenden Amalgamated Workers Union Co-operative Store has done a much larger business.
THE appointment of T. B. Clegg as clerk in charge of the new Department of Industry and labour, New South Wales, is hailed with a good deal of satisfaction.
THE Adelaide Trades Council and the Eight-Hours Committee have purchased an allotment of land for £1200 and intend to erect a Trades hall on the site.
THE object of a Woman's Trade Union recently formed at Hawick, Scotland, is “to prevent them from working at an unsatisfactory wage for the benefit of their men folk.”
PASSMORE Edwards, an admirer of John Burns, offered some time ago to make the Labour agitator independent by settling £10,000 on him. Burns refused the offer.
THE first meeting of the Intercolonial General Council of the Australasian Federation of Labour will be opened in Sydney on the 11th June. All the colonies have been invited to co-operate.
A DISPUTE has occurred in the boot trade in Adelaide owing to the introduction of improved machinery. The disputing parties, both employers and employed, have agreed to submit the matter to a board of conciliation.
THERE is no freedom of contract between a fasting man and a full man. The full man can wait; the hungry man cannot wait, - JUSTIN M'CARTHY, For “fasting man” read employer.
LORD Salisbury in a recent speech said, “ A black and impassable stream of distrust divides the ranks of half-starved workers from the benefits of capital.” His Lordship, as a slum landlord, might have added, “and such fellows as I swell the stream.”
THE police of Melbourne have arrested thirty children found selling matches in the streets between 10 o'clock and midnight. The state of society which compels fathers and mothers to sweat their offspring by making them sell matches after 10 o'clock at night must be rotten to the very core.
A STOREKEEPER in Hughenden wants to know if Neddy Neighbour is a “scab” bootmaker. The secretary of the Boot Trade Union has been asked to supply the information, The Boot employe's strike would soon be at an end if all storekeepers would ask for the names of the union boot manufacturers.
THE Maryborough Butchers' Employes, their families and friends, to the number of 150 or so, celebrated their annual holiday on Queen's Birthday at Cooloolah paddock, Saltwater Creek road. Mr. Wisemann, the secretary of the union, and others worked very hard and successful to make everybody completely happy.
AN unpleasant idea of the present distress was given at a meeting of the Strand Board of Guardians. Mrs. Evans said that to her knowledge no fewer than four University men, each one with an M. A. degree, had been obliged to turn out and try to earn a living by selling newspapers in the Strand and adjoining streets. - Tit-bits.
THE Victorian Government went in for cutting down the pay of the Naval Brigade. The consequence is that Victoria now has no Naval Brigade, as every man downed tools. The officers are not included amongst the men. There is some talk of the Government going in for cheap labour to man the guns which only protect the interest of the fat man.
THE boot manufacturers have refused to confer with their employe's on matters in dispute. The municipal councils of South Brisbane and North Brisbane should therefore at once empower their officials to arrange for municipal boot factories in which the men employed would receive a fair rate of wages. The public would then receive the best of boots – on brown-paper leather – at low rates and there need be no sweating.
HALF-A-CROWN an hour is the ordinary pay for a driver actually at work under water in the Thames, and 1s.an hour while he is above, tending a comrade working below. The men work in turns, four hours above and four hours below in the course of the day, and they can make about four guineas a week. Six pounds a week is not an unusual sum for one of them to earn; indeed, that seems to be the general rate for good men when things are brisk. - Answers
THE Victorian Protection League is to be complimented on being the first to move along the right track. At a recent meeting of the League the following resolution was unanimously carried:
That this conference of the council of the Protectionists' Association and representatives of various industries heartily affirms the principal of the minimum wage, in order to ensure to the full the benefits of protection; and that this conference affirms the urgent necessity for an amendment of the factories Act embodying this principle.
In Queensland the gentry who the Protection show are all firm believers in freedom of contract so far as Labour is concerned, and wage earners are often “used” by them without any benefit to themselves. Now here is a golden opportunity. Let the toilers ask the Queensland Protection League to show its sincerity by not only passing such a resolution as that adopted by the Victorians, but also assist Labour to carry it out by abolishing sweating, sub-contracting, and establishing such a minimum wage as the unions agree is a fair one. In other words, do away with freedom of contract in labour in order that wage earners may have a decent living.