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Llwyfan Llafur (The Labour Platform). (BY DARONWY). Trwy ganiatad y Golygydd Cyffredinol a pherchenogion y "Wasg Rydd," yr hwn sydd mewn cylchrediad helaeth yn mhlith y glowyr a llafurwyr ereill, bwriadwn yn wythnosol gys- segru colofn neu ddwy, os bydd angen, er dadlen achosion llafur a chelfundebiaeth. Er gwneyd hyn yn effeithiol gwahoddir gohebiaetlieu yn Gymraeg neu Saesonaeg r unrhyw bwnc cysyllt- iedig a gwaith a gweithwyr. Er sicrhau ym- ddangosiad yn y rhifyn dilynol disgwylir i bob gohebiaeth fod mewn llaw ar ddydd Linn o bellaf. By permission of the General Editor and pro- prietors of the "Free Press," which is largely circulated among the industrial classes, it is in- tended to devote a column or two if necessary weekly to discuss labour questions and Trades Unionism in particular. In order to do this effectually we invite correspondence in Welsh or English upon any question relating to work and workmen. To secure insertion in the fol. lowing number, all correspondence should be in hand not later than Monday in each week. Now that the vast majority of the South Wales miners are members of the Federation of Great Britain it may be interesting to our readers to learn the principles and conditions under which the federated districts are governed. We therefore hereby insert a full text of the rules of proceedure for the conduct of the business of the Board of Conciliation established between the Federated Coal Owners and the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, to det-tin ie the rate of wages from the 1st January, 1899, to 1st January, 1901, within the following limits, namely: that during susk period the rate of wages shall not be below 30 per cent. above the rate of wages of 1888, nor more than 45 per cent. above the rate of wages of 1888. I.-That the title of the Board shall be "The Board of Conciliation for the Coal Tradt of the Federated Districts." 2.âThe Board shall determine, from time t" time, the rate of wages as from January, 1899. Z.-T,e Board shall consist of an equal number of Coal Owners or Coal Owners' representatives elected by the federated Coal Owners, and miners or miners' representa- tives elected by the Miners' Federation of Great Britain-fourteen of each,, with a chair- man from outside, who shall have a casting vote. 4.âThe present members of the Board are and shall be:âchairman, the right honourable Lord James of Hereford; coal owners or coal owners' representatives, Messrs Alfred Hewlett Walter L. Bourke, William Kellett, T. D. Grimke Drayton, F. J. Jones, J. J. Addy, A. C. Briggs, A. J. Holiday, Fitzherbert Wright, Walter Salmond, Arthur G. Barnes, Henry Dennis, W. Heath, and Captain Harri- son; miners or miners' representatives, Messrs B. Pickard, M.P., S. Woodsy M.P., William Parrott, Edward Cowey, Thos. Glover, W. E Harvey, Thos. Chambers, Enoch Edwards, Benjamin Dean,, Edward Hughea, J. C. Han- cock, Andrew Sharp, William Abrahams, M.P., and Robert Smellie, of whom Mr Alfred Hewlett shall be president, and Mr B. Pickard M.P., vice-president. Whenever a vacancy has arisen, from any cause, on the Board, except in the office of Chairman, such vacancy shall be filled up within one month of its occurrence by the body which appointed the member -whose seat has become vacant. In- timation of such apointment shall be at once sent to the secretaries. On the death, resig- nation, or removal of the first or any subsequent chairman, the Board shall endeavour to elect another chairman, and should they fail, will ask the speaker for the time being ef the House of Commons to nominate one. 5.âThe meetings of the Board shall be held iu London, or such other- place as the Board shall from time to time determine. 6.âThe constituents of the Board, i.e., ooaT owners or coal owners' representatives and miners or miners' representatives are, for brevity, herein referred to as "the parties." 7.âThe parties shall each respectively elect a secretary to represent them in the tran- saction of the business of the Board, and each party shall give written notioe thereof to the < tary of the other party,, and both such ¡" cretaries shall remain in office until they shall resign or be withdrawn by the parties electing them. The secretaries shall attend all meetings of the Board, and are entitled to take part in discussion, but they shall have no power to move or second any resolution or to vote on any question before the Board. 8.âThey shall jointly convene all meetings of the Board and take proper minutes of the Board and the proceedings thereof, which shall be transcribed in duplicate books, and each such book shall be signed by the Chair- man, president, or vice-president, or other person, as the case may be, who shall preside a the meeting at which such minutes are read and confirmed. One of such minute books shall be kept by each of the secretaries. The secretaries shall also conduct the correspon- dence for the respective parties and conjointly for the Board. 9.âThe secretaries sbxlll, on the written application of either of the parties made by the chairman and secretary of either party for an alteration in the rate of wages, or an alteration of iTie rules, or for any of the objects mentioned in Clause 4, call a meeting of the Board within twenty-one days, at such time and place as may be agreed upon by the secretaries. The application for the meeting shall state clearly the object of the meeting. 10 The president, or in his absence, the w;tInt shall preside at all meetings a which the chairman is not present as herein provided. In the absence of both president and vice-president, a member of the Board shall be elected by the majority to preside at the meeting. The-president, or vice-president or lother person presiding, shall vote as a representative, but shall not have any casting vote. When the chairman is present he shall preside and have a casting vote. II.-All questions shall, in the first instance, b" submitted to and considered by the Board, ;t being the desire and intention of the parties to settle any difficulties and differences which may arise by Friendly conference if possible. r the parties on the Board cannot agree, then the meeting shall be adjourned for a period not exceeding twenty-one days. and the matter in dispute shall be further discussed by the constituents of the two parties, and thf chairman shall be summoned by the secretaries to the adjourned meeting, when the matter shall be ag-ain discussed, and in default of an agreement by the parties on the Board, the chairman shau give his casting vote on such matter at that meeting, which shall be final and binding. 12.-All questions submitted to the Board shall be stated in writing, and may be sup- ported by such verbal, documentary, or other evidence anÃ¥ explanation as the parties may desire;, subject to the approval of the Board. 13.âAll votes shall be taken at meetings of the Board by show of hands. When at any meeting of the Board the parties entitled to vote are unequal in number, all shall have the right of fully entering into the discussion of any matter brought before them; but only an equal number of each shall vote. The withdrawal of the members of whichever body may be in excess to be-by lot, unless otherwise arranged. 14.âEach party shall pay and defray the expenses of its own representatives and secre- tnrv bnt. the. costs and exDenses of the chair- -J, man, stationery, books, printing, hire of rooms for meeting, shall be borne by the cl respective parties in equal shares. THOS. RATCLIFFE ELLIS, THOMAS ASHTON, Joint secretaries of the Board. January, 1899. As a re&ult of several meetings of the above the following resolution was unanimously adopted at a meeting held at Westminster Palace Hotel, on February the 10th, 1899. I.-That the present rate of wages be in- creased as from the first niaking-up day in April, 1899, by 5 per cent, on the standard, and as from the first making-up day in October, 1899, by a further 2| per cent. on the standard. 2.âThat the before-mentioned advances apply to underground labour only. The question of an advance to surface hands was considered, but no conclusion arrived at. It will be borne in mind that previous to the fore-going terms the miners in most of the federated districts were in receipt of 32i per cent, above the standard rates of 1888, so that by next October they will have secured by conciliation the 40 per cent which they failed to obtain by a 17 weeks strike. Al- though they then established the principle of a minimum wage.

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