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LIMERICK DOCK STRIKE AVERTED AFTER ARBITRATION COMMITTEE FORMED |

LIMERICK DOCK STRIKE AVERTED AFTER ARBITRATION COMMITTEE FORMED

Limerick, Ireland – In a pivotal meeting held yesterday, stakeholders in Limerick have taken a significant step towards resolving the ongoing dock strike. A consensus was reached to establish an Arbitration Committee comprised of six members. The committee will consist of two representatives from the Coalowners Federation, two from the Trades Association, and two from the dock labourers’ unions.

Representatives of the traders participating in the committee include Mr O’Mara and Mr A. W. Shaw. This strategic move is seen as a constructive effort to address the grievances of both the workers and employers, fostering a collabourative environment to reach a fair resolution.

Various groups of labourers anxiously await the outcome of the committee’s deliberations. The decisions made by the Arbitration Committee will be subject to approval by the trade and labour bodies directly affected by the dock strike, underscoring the importance of democratic consensus in resolving industrial disputes.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, an English sailor by the name of Eldridge faces legal proceedings after being remanded on charges of maliciously setting fire to the premises of the Limerick Steamship Company. The vessel, which arrived in port on Sunday with a cargo of sugar from Tipperary, fell victim to the alleged arson.

According to reports, Eldridge, a crew member, purportedly threatened to burn the ship and harm foreigners on board. Witnesses claim he poured oil on the ship’s structures before igniting them with a lit lantern. The Norwegian fireman on duty reported that the accused sailor was inebriated and openly declared that he would not tolerate any opposition to his actions, stating a particular disdain for blacklegging.

The swift response of the Limerick Fire Brigade successfully extinguished the flames, preventing further damage to the vessel and averting a potential maritime disaster. The accused English sailor now faces legal consequences for his actions, and the investigation into the incident will likely shed light on the motives behind the alleged arson.

As Limerick navigates through these challenges, the formation of the Arbitration Committee offers hope for a peaceful resolution to the dock strike, emphasizing the importance of dialogue and cooperation in addressing industrial conflicts.

Irish Independent – Tuesday 11 February 1913

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