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LLANBERIS. THE LOCIC-OUT AT THE DINORWIC QUARRIES.â The lock-out at Mr. Assheton Smith's slate quarries at Llanberis has become a strike. The quarries were closed owing to the men leaving work during working hours to attend a mass meeting held out- side the quarries, and to enable the management to formulate rules which would obviate the recurrence of such a lack of discipline. The lock-out extended over six weeks, during which the men have received a small monthly allowance from the North Wales Quarrymen's Union. The rules, signed by the Hon. Walter Vivian, the chief manager of the quarries, were issued on Thursday, and were subsequently discussed by the committee meeting, at which it was decided to advise the men not to accept them. A mass meeting was held on Monday afternoon at Craig yr Undeb (the Union Rock), at which there were close upon 3000 present. Mr. Close Williams presided, and entered into a detailed statement of the new rules and how they would affect the quarries. Other speakers followed, and there was evidently a very hostile feeling against the manage- ment, which resolved itself into the adoption of the following resolution, which was unanimously adop- ted :â" In the face of the unreasonable rules sat up at the Dinorwic Quarries on Dec. 9th, and the attempt, through the notice given that workmen are wanted there, to weaken us by taking us in one by one, and the fact that we, as workmen, consider that the Hon. Walter Vivian and Mr. J. Davies are totally unfit to take charge of a quarry where so many lives would be open to be sacrificed through their ignorance and incapacity, we resolve, as a body of workmen, to absolutely and resolutely refuse to work under such rules and managers. Further, we strongly trust that Mr. Assheton-Smith will see the deputation on behalf of the workmen, or allow the matter to be decided by arbitration." Notices are posted at the quarries inviting the men to take their bargains from Monday, and for labourers and others to attend at the offices for employment.

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