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BARRY AND DISTRICT TRADES' COUNCIL. THE OPENING MEETING-. It is with great pleasure we announce that the proceedings of the above Council will in future be reported in the South Wales Star. Those of our readers who are interested in Labour movements would do well to peruse our fornightly reports, as they will undoubtedly prove interesting to both employers and employed. Since the return of the Labour member to the School Board the interests of our local tradesmen have been keenly watched, with the result that contracts which were pre- viously executed at Cardiff and elsewhere are now confined to local business men. This signalises the fact that the 'return of one or more Labour members to the Local Board would help to bring about the good times the Barryit&s are eager to exoenience. Last Friday evening, at the Victoria Hotel, Holton, at '7.30, the ordinary fortnightly meeting was held. The weather being stormy, the atten- dance was meagre. Owing to the absence of the Chairman and Yice-chairman—the letter even- tually presenting himself—the chair was occupied by Mr. H. Davies. There were also present:—Mr. J. Harrison, vice-chairman Mr. John Rees, secre- tary Mr. T. Thomas, assistant-secretary; and Messrs. T. S. -Thomas, — Dunscornbe, Thomas Dyke. Lovering, ,Burgess, and Wheaton.—The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the Cottage Hospital question was dealt with, and it was decided that the money sub- scribed towards that institution should for the present be deposited in the Post Office in the name of the Council's two trustees, Mr. D. Jones and Mr. W. Copp.—The sums received from the various organisatians towards the Labour Fund were read over; also a circular from the Coventry Trades' Council urging the desirability of having united action in bringing-labour questions before Parliament.—Mr. Rees then gave his School Board report, which was approved of by the Council. In his report the member stated that the Finance Committee of the School Board met only for one hour, whereas he considered that, if the accounts were properly scrutinised, the work would entail about three hours. The Council then unanimously decided to instruct its member to endeavour to have the time altered from one to thiee hours.— It was decided that Mr. Rees should do .all in his power to induce the School Board to proceed with the erection of the new infants school at Barry. One reason assigned for tak- ing this course was that many of our unemployed ratepayers would be able to get work, the necessity for the school having been already amply verified. — Mr. H. Davies (Barry) was appointed treasurer to the Labour Fund.—For the supper which is to take place at the Victoria Hotel, on Monday, February 6th (Mabon's Day), it was resolved to print 500 tickets. The gathering will be presided over by Dr. O'Donnell, who has on each and all occasions proved himself to be a true friend to the Council, as well as Trades' Unionists in general.—This terminated all the business of public importance.


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