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BARRY AND/DISTRICT TRADES' COUNCIL, ¡ LIVEI/f MEETINGS. WHOHA8. wlFfTEN TO THE PRESS ? [FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] In our last issue we stated that a meeting of the Barry District Trades Council had been held, but in consequence of the matter under discussion no detailed report was furnished the Press. We are now able to give our readers a report of each of the meetings. THE 'FIRST MEETING. On Friday, 12th inst, an ordinary meeting of the above Council was keld at the Victoria Hotel, Holtea, the President and Vice-President occuping their respective positions. MT. Ivor Thomas proposed, and Mr. Griffiths (Carriage Guilders' Society) seconded, that the namutes of the previous meeting, as read, be eon- firmed anfl. signed. An amendment feat the minutes be not con- firmed until a discussion had taken place was moved by Mr. Harrison, atr.d seconded by Mr. bobbins, btit the Council rejected it and confirmed tihe minutes. WHY ? Mr. 'T. S. Thomas asked the reason *hy the inames of the delegates attending the 'Council meetings had been omitted from the reports furnished to the Press. Tite Secretary and his assistant explained that -several of the members had asked them not to mention their names in the reports as it would tend to injure them, and consequently they had 'decided not to mention. any names at all. To ;publish an incompleted list of those would tend, -in their opinion, to make the representation on the 'Council appear very weak. The replies of the Secretaries gave rise to some disonssioa,,several members remarking that those persons who were afraid of their names appearing in the Press should resign their position in order to enable those who were willing to have their names published to take their places. Mr. Copp proposed, and Mr. Dtlflsford seconded, that the names of the societies represented, and not that of the delegates, should be published but, after some discussion, it was withdrawn, nothing further being done in the matter. WHO M OBSERVER ? The only business dealt with during the re- mainder of the evening was iaa connection with ri the statements made by an individual writing under the name of Observer in the South II ales Labour Times (anorgan now called Tocsin). Mr. Copp openly charged a member with being Observer," and said he could prove that the mem- ber and Observer were one and the same. The proof he adduced was that the remarks of Observer were written in the same strain as that in which the member generally penned his letters. Mr. Copp said Observer wrote only on the work of the Council and nautical matters. He maintained that as Observer" knew so much about shipping-and only shipping—it was only natural to suppose that that member had written the notes under discussion. Mr. Copp further stated that the member referred to had never com- plained at any of their meetings that the Council had neglected its work. That member had never brought anything before the Council without due consideration being given to the same. The Council, the speaker knew, was not perfect, but, whatever REFORM WAS NEEDED, it would not be brought abeut by rushing to the Press. The member accused, if he desired the welfare of the Council-of which he was an officer —should have brought any complaint he had before that body, and thereby spared the Council public ridicule in the Press. In conclusion, Mr. Copp moved that the Council pass a vote of censure on the individual as the writer of -1 Observer's notes. Mr. Rees seconded, and said he thought Ob- server's reference to the place-seekers was intended to stigmatise him as a member of the School Board. If the notes had been signed 41 A Traitor to a Trade," instead of 41 Observer," it would be more in accord with the tone of the notes. The speaker charged a particular member with doing nothing inside the Council chamber, and with rushing to the Press to ventilate his would-be grievances. He should be the last to make damaging statements about that body, especially so considering the worry, anxiety, and also the expense the Council had undertaken when -endeavouring to make his candidature at an elec- tion a success. The above resolution upon being put to the vote was negatived. An amendment proposed by Mr. T. S. Thomas seconded by Mr. T. Thomas, to the effect that as the charge had not been conclusively proved it be not entertained, was then passed. Mr. Harper (president) who said he felt keenly the stigma which being over the good name of the Council, was also of opinion that member referred was responsible for 44 Observer's notes. The accused Relegate refused to pledge himself that he was not 44 Observer," and went on to state that Mr. Copp was responsible for THE QUADRUPLE ALLIANCE which took place at a former election when he (the speaker) was defeated. It was also, he said, an open secret that Mr. Copp when president was ,entirely in the hands of an outsider. Mr. Copp denied in toto the accusations, and that he was ever in the hands of an outsider but said had always endeavoured to do his utmost for the welfare of the Council. The statements, he said, were both ungracious and ungrateful as he (Mr. Copp) had worked most assiduously to get him returned, and had on many days utilised his dinner hour to further his accuser's candidature, and he alone was responsible for the alliance inasmuch as he was eager to join other candidates, and thereby sharing those gentlemen's property and other votes. Mr. Copp remarked on the readiness with which the accused delegate had got up to deny that he was not44 Trade Unionist," and that he had utterly failed to deny that he was M Observer." Mr. Burgess proposed, and Mr. Copp seconded a. motion, that the Council express implicit confidence in its officers, but the motion was de- feated. Mr. T. Thomas said it appeared to him to be very inconsistent to endeavour to pass a vote of confidence in their officers, while one of them was suspected of being 14 Observer." With a view to proving whether" Observer" was a member of the Council. Mr. T. Thomas proposed, and Mr. Henson seconded, the following resolution That we, the undersigned, hereby testify that we have not on any occasion written under the nom. de plume of Observer to the South Wales Labour Times. The following signed the above -Messrs. W. Copp, T. S. Thomas, J. Rees, Burgess, Dunsford, Sutton, Griffiths, Henson, Ivor II. Thomas, Mooray, and T. Thomas. Messrs. Harrison and Robbins refused to sign, whilst Messrs. Harper and Morris remained neutral. Mr. Harrison described that mode of obtaining signatures as coercion. Mr. Harrison intimated to the Council his inten- tion of withdrawing, and Mr. Harper .also said he intended seceding from the Council, but upon 'being remonstrated with he withdrew that state- ment. Mr. Dunsford, who took considerable part in the discussion, said that unless 44 Observer," was found out and ousted from the Council he would advise his branch to secede from the Council, as he thought it was useless their meeting while an -enemy was in the camp. Mr. Harrison gave notice of his intention to move at the next meeting that the Press reports be discontinued. Upon the motion of Mr. Burgess, seconded by Mr. Robbins, it was unanimously decided to adjourn the meeting for a week, THE SECOND MEETING wac held at the Victoria Hotel on Friday evening last, NOT FULL ENOUGH. The minutes of the previous meeting having keen read by the Assistant Seciefcary, it was con- sidered that they did not deal. minutely with the proceedings of the previous meeting, find upon the motion of Mr. Robbins, seconded by Mr. Morris, it was decided that they should be held over until the following meeting, in order that a more detailed account should be handed in. THE HCLL STRIKE. The Chairman read over some letters bearing reference to the Hull strike, and upon the motion of Mr. T. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Robbins, it was decided to defer theii- considet-ation until the next meeting. THE PROPOSED PRI22S DRAWING. As no information as te the of Mr. Harry Da-ties was forthcoming, it was decided to allow the question of the proposed piifce draw- ing to stand over for the present. TO AUDIT TFFIS ACCOUNTS. The meeting then proeeeded to the anointment auditors, and upon the motion of Mr. T. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Griffiths, Mr. Ivor Thomas was unanimously elected as one of the auditors. Mr. Ha.Frisons' nam'e was also mentioned, but as he declined to allow to be voted upon, some difficulty was experienced in the selection of another auditor. On the motion of Mr. Dunsford, seconded by Mr. Ivor Thomas, Mc. Morris was nominated. Although Mr. Morris slightly demurred, the Chairman proceeded with the voting, and; Mr. Morris was declared elected. Mr. Harrison took exception to the election, and as a co-delegate of Mr. Morris, protested against it. The Chairman told Mr. Harrison that such remarks, if needed, ought to be left to Mr. Morris himself. Ultimately, upon the motion of Mr. T. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Robbins, Mr. T. S. Thomas wa3 elected as an auditor. RAILWAY SERVANTS REPRESENTED. Mr. Makepeace then entered the room, and handed to the chairman his credentials as the daly-elected representative of the Railway Ser- vants, in place of Mr. H. Davies. The delegate having retired, a vote was taken as to whether he should be admitted, and it was decided, by seven votes to two, that he be accepted. Mr. Makepeace then took his place at the table as a delegate. WORKMEN'S TICKETS WANTED. Mr. Copp had given notice of motion respecting the appointment of a deputation to wait upon the General Manager of the Barry Railway Company with a view to having cheap weekly tickets issued to working men, but, as Mr. Copp was not present, the question was not discussed. A letter was read from the General Union of Carpenters, and Mr. T. Thomas proposed, and Mr. Dunsford seconded, that it be held over to the next meeting. Mr. Harrison proposed, and Mr. Ivor Thomas seconded, that the letter should be discussed. It was decided to allow the letter to remain over until the next meeting. THE OLD QUESTION. Mr. Makepeace asked whether the special meet- ing had not been called to consider the communi- cations to the Press of Observer and 44 Trade Unionist." The Chairman said it was not so, but Mr. Makepeace was at liberty to bring the matter forward. Mr. Harrison having stated that he sympathised with some of the views of Observer and 44 Trade Unionist," Mr. Makepeace asked him with what portions he sympathised. Mr. Harrison said he thought the same as Observer and Trade Unionist" with regard to the Council lacking in organisation, and also in paying too much attention to sectional policy. By sectional policy he meant matters not apper- taining to labour, but to the ratepayers generally. Mr. Makepeace again asked Mr. Harrison to define what he meant. Mr. Harrison thereupon charged Mr. Makepeace with being no Trade Unionist, and said he had opposed the labour candidate at the last Local Board election. Mr. Makepeace complained of the way Mr. Harrison had insulted him by saying he was not a Trade Unionist, and that upon his first appear- ance at the Council's meetings. He had always understood that courtesy and fair-play were dealt out at Trade Council meetings, and Mr. Harrison's behaviour had seriously pained him. Mr. Robbins then gave notice that at the next meeting he would bring 44 Observer" and 44 Trade Unionist's" commuuications again before the Council. Mr. Harrison gave notice of his intention to resign his position of vice-president. It was decided to furnish the Coal Trimmers' Association upon their application, with a copy of the Council's rules.




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