["Koombana Strike", The Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA), Saturday 25 November 1911, page 3]
COMPANY SUPPORT JOHNSTON.
Fremantle, Nov. 18.
The trouble on the Koombana is not yet ended. Both sides are taking up a firm stand in the matter. The men held a meeting at the Trades Hall yesterday, when a ballot was taken on the question: "Are you in favor of going to work while the chief steward remains on the boat?" This resulted in a large majority for the Noes.
Fremantle, Nov. 21.
Negotiations are proceeding for a settlement of the trouble on the Koombana. McShearer, the mens' representative, anticipates an early settlement. A number of firemen have signified their willingness to join.
UNIONISTS v. UNIONISTS.
Perth, Nov. 24.
The Koombana is still short of her full complement of firemen. Yesterday morning a telegram was received from the general secretary of the Seamen's and Firemen's Union in the Eastern States stating that a number of firemen were being sent over to join the Koombana. These men will arrive on Monday next. It is stated that they are being sent over at the expense of the union.