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Mining Matters.

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Mining Matters. I DEMOBILISATION OF MINERS. On Friday last at Cardiff, a meeting of the Conciliation Board for the Coal Trade of Monmouthshire and South Wales was held, Mr. Hugh Bramv/ell presiding over the owners' section and Mr. James Winstone ever the workmen' s representatives, when con- sideration was given to questions in regard to the demobilisation of miners and the steps to be taken to enable them to be re-emplcyed at the collieries. Statistics were presented by th, owners' secretary (Mr. Finlay A. Gibson) shewing the number of miners who had joined the Army since 19i4, the number who had returned, the number of new men employed, and the total number of men to be released who could be employed within a period of one month, and the number who could be employed within a period of six months. The principal point discussed was as to whether a Central Mining Exchange should be set up under the supervision of the joint secretaries (the Right Hon. Thomas Richards, M.P. and Mr. F. A. Gibson) for the purpose ot dealing with the whole question. It was understood that the owners would make every effort possible by extending the workings and by other means to absorb the workmen as they came from the Army and Navy. The workmen stated that the proposal was under their consideration, and they would give their reply in the course of a few days, and immediately afterwards the joint sub-committee previously appointed by the Conciliation Board could meet and arrange all the neces- sary details. As the result of urgent representations to the Coal Controller, a large flow of miners will shortly be returned to the collieries from the Army. The total number so returning before the end of January is estimated at 100,000. The rate of release was increased to 1,000 a day last Saturday, and it is antici- pated by about the middle of December that 5,000 a day will be released. Steps are also being taken with a view to the early de- mobilisation of pivotal men in the coal indus- try. While this lar^e accession to the under- ground working strength will in time relieve the coal situation, the Coal Controller im- presses on the public the necessity for strict adherence to the rations scheme.

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