Excerpt from the Melbourne Argus, 22 February 1911
CONFERENCE THIS MORNING.
MOVEMENTS OF WORKMEN.
The Premier (Mr. Murray) proposes to take steps with the object of summoning an informal conference this morning of representatives of employers and employees in the agricultural implement trade, in the hope of securing a settlement of the existing trouble. Mr. Murray is not invested with any legal powers, and in moving in the matter he is actuated by the desire to prevent any further loss to either side by a continuance of the strike.
Among the members of the Agricultural Implement Employees' Union and leaders of other labour organisations, the question of endeavouring to have matters adjusted by a conference was freely discussed yesterday. While the employers have already refused to meet representatives of the union, holding that there was nothing to confer about, it is considered that the position has materially changed by the progress made and the nature of the determination arrived at at the meeting of the wages board on Monday night. It is argued that, while the men struck against working with non-unionists, this action was the outcome of feeling engendered by the delay of the wages board in dealing with the claims that were submitted to it on behalf of the employees.