MR J. H. WILSON, M.P., AT BARRY DOCK.|1893-03-24|Barry Dock News - Welsh Newspapers Online
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MR J. H. WILSON, M.P., AT BARRY DOCK. SPIRITED ADDRESS TO THE SAILORS. On Friday last Mr J. Havelock Wilson, M.P., the general secretary ;f the Sailors' and Firemen's Union, paid a visit to Barry Dock, and, in company with Mr Katharay, the new organiser uf the Bristol Channel ports, and Mr J. Harrison, local secretary of the Union, addressed a largely attended open-air meeting of sailors and tiremen near Culley's Hotel. The pro- ceedings were most enthusiastic throughout, the hon. gentleman being heartily applauded. In the course of his address, Mr Wilson earnestly enjoined the men to rejoin the Union, and thus enable a deter- mined stand to be made against the persistent attempts made by the shipowners to reduce the wages of the sailors and firemen. Some of the men had deserted the Union, and had thus played themselves into the hands of the shipowners through the medium of the Federation ticket, but he believed they bad seen their error all over the country, and were now, prepared to rejoin and again stand by the Union, which meant standing by and upholding their own interests. Last week alone no less than a h jndred new members joinel at Cardiff. Cardiff was the key to the Bristol Channel ports, and if they could only render Cardiff secure—and he was confident they would in a very short time-then they would have the whole of the channel ports under their control. Mr Wilson proceeded to condemn in strong terms the shipmongers or ship-managers, who, he said, robbed not only the men but the shareholders themselves. (" Shame.") Mr Wilson then asked those sailors and firemen present to hold up their hands who were pre- pared to support the Union, and there was at once a unanimous response. Concluding, Mr Wilson said if the men were only true to themselves and to the Union the rates of wages would soon go up again to £ 5 10s and 26 10s a month.—Mr Katharay, the 'organiser, and Mr J. Harrison, the local secretary, also addressed the gathering, and the proceedings closed with ringing cheers for Mr Wilson.

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