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Abergavenny Federation of Trades Unions and iho Town Council. To tic Editor of th? "Abrrijarenn;/ C/iromclc." DI-R MU. Enrr'.M, T' ⢠attiu; of some of the membev.s of our T«AVU Council to- I wards the reasonable demands of the deputation from the Abergavennv Federation of Trades Uiuou5 for dire'ci. l'Cp:ö':lltatil}:: 01l 1;1; L(i, I Pood Co!ltrol to me. most ¡ inexphcabie. ?d".iic!p.d ho?' i itv was evinced e;;l; IL, }'l[' l¡;' 'l:(\?'c ;!r;l:" 1 i report, before the d^otil ttiou entered tne Council hamher unworthy innuendoes aud uajust remarks showe d that we were uot very welcome ;\lS ).)l\)t\id ¿;lc\i'" 2/:lt, wr\(\I represenh,ioIJ for labour has b.-eu demanded and granted by scores of councils throughout the land. In many cases councils have welcomed the request for additional representation, and not one has felt lrurt ü ii:, Additional representa- tion to labour on food control committees are really safety valves, for the masses then feel more satisfied. Their interests are represented, and however food may be they will be satisfied, for thee feel that the best possible etiorts are being exerted on their behalf. Is municipal dignity going to try to stop our progress ? If so, I suv. Sir. it stands a poor halce oi sur- viving the test. Indeed, municipal dignity at Abergavenny is not of a very high order just now. Apparently the Council 11 ,,ii or('LcrJLIST Aber,,a-eTiiiy i.?; .,)t c?f -t d the- certainly did not have t llrg,e; :Jl the-- the ,zrace to s Li Yes." ? have nopreviously known such discom'tcsv to be shown t,) a deputation as the Town Council showed us when we were recalled into the Council Chamber. Only two Coun- cillors kept their places, the remainder were shouting out their intention to resign, em- phasising their firmness of intention with various gest icnlalions. Even the Iayor seemed annoyed when I pressed for a deruiite answer to our request. Several of the Councillors actually left the room as the deputation re-entered. Tnat, ) Mr. Editor, was the attitude of the Council j to our deputation and now just a few words on the attitude of tne deputation towards the Council." j I claim that it was friendly, gentlemanly, and courteous, in spite of the fact that Councillor Palmer wanted to know previously if we were actuated with honest or ulterior motives." I beg to submit to Councillor Palmer that lie would j have known our motives "1 he had attended the previous N.U.R. meeting. The Federation J had no hostility to Councillor Palmer, or any other Councillor, and I defy the Council to point out one statement in my first appeal for addi- j tional representation which could in any way be interpreted in a spirit of hostility. No, inir. Editor, it was not the attitude of the deputation to the Council that caused Councillor Palmer to resign, but rather it was his attitude to our deputation. Our deputation to the Council first appealed to the Council to grant our request, without forcing us, as a deputation, to adopt a critical tone. The Mayor responded at length, and said that a Councillor had passed up three questwns for the deputation to answer, but, strangely enough; though the Mayor put the questions to us, he answered them himself, and in his own way. We are still supposed not to know how the questions came into the Mayor s possession. | Of course it was a fine piece of camouflage, but if the Councillor had asked the question in the presence of the deputation, the public would know that the subsequent criticism was what the Council asked for and got. It was a great surprise to me to hear Councillor Tong say that he had not heard one complaint against the Committee, and we had 110 alternative but to give them. There are more to follow. Now, just a word with Councillor Horsing- to.tue first member of the Council I called upon before we went to the Town Council. I I assured Councillor Horsington we wanted aiuli- I tional representation, with the idea of helping to put things right. He immediately flew into I an uncontrollable passion, and I dare notâat this jiiiictiire-gin-e his reply, in a respectable family journal.1. Now, last Monday, in the Council meeting, he accused the deputation of making" Untruthful and unfounded" state- ments. I will give him an opportunity for being more definite in stating what these untrutnful remarks were, and what unfounded statements were made. If he does not take this oppor- tunitv I shall reserve my right to deal wit 11 him iu another way. Now, Councillor Horsington, play the gentleman. We never attributed to you lack of energy indeed, we have often been impressed with your energyâ(physical). It has since been reported that a person went into a butcher's shop, this week, and ask-, -d if she might have a piece of suetâpointing to same. The shopman is reported to have answered Yes," and the lady asked the price per pound, The shopman is reported to have replied If you 1 want to know how tnncn a pounu, you cannot have it." Now, Sir, this case has not yet been j investigated, but whether customers ask for tickets or not, the onus of supplying a ticket with j ever)- purchase should be put upon the salesman, and it should be an offence not to supply a ticket, > whether asked for or not. I In conclusion, just one appeal to shopkeepers. Serve bona-nde customers only, and see that all I get a share of whatever supplies are at hand, in fair proportion to numbers. This will stop people running about from shop to shop and from town to town, and will go far to help tide over the time between now and the date of com- pulsory rationing. Yours truly. W. ROSSER. I Chairman Abergavenny Federation I of Trades Unions. A

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