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CARDIFF! TRAMWAYS, THE COMPANY, THEIR SERVANTS AND THE COMMITTEE. There is more trouble in store for the Cardiff Tramways Company.—Mr. F. Fox, at tke cabs committee meeting on Thursday morning, said that at a previous meeting the company obtained a licence to run 'buses to the Ely Racecourse. The weather on the first day of the races was wet, and the company did not run ths 'buses.—The Chairman (Mr. C. E. Waring) said that the committee had no power to force the company to run 'buses.—Mr. Fox said that he should remember the case if he were present at a future meeting when the company applied for a licence. Summary Dismissals. At a subsequent stage of the proceedings a complaint was made that one of the drivers Had been dismissed summarily because he did not stop when the bell of his car was rung, although he had stopped twice within 100 yards. Mr. Good said that this was a kind of case of whic hthey had a great many repetitions. The company, in the course of a few months, had a large number of changes amongst their men. For his own part. unless some satis- factory explanation could be given by the company, he should not vote in favour of granting any more licences until the man in question had been re-instated. The committee had a duty to perform. They were called upon to safeguard the public interests. In doing that they had to see that the men thev lioensed were fit and proper persons for the posts that they were to occupy. When they took a lot of trouble to see that the men licensed were men of good character and capable of the work, it was a reflection upon them if the company was to be allowed to dismiss the men at a moment's notice. Mr. J. Jenkins said that the company's action in resorting to instant dismissals tended to demoralise the men. He knew of another case in which a man who had been employed by the company for seven years was dismissed. It was significant that the man had just arrived at the period of service when he would be entitled to an increase in his wages. Mr. Fox thought that most employers tried to kesp their men as long as possible, but the tramways company seemed to adopt an entirely different policy. Why they had so many changes amongst their men was open to very serious conjecture. The committee had to con- sider the interests of the town, and it was a mistake to be continually licensing inex- perienced men, and always having new men brought into the town. The company was doing much to draw men from agricultural and other outside districts into the town, and thus depressing the labour market. He should be in favour of refusing to grant any more licences until a satisfactory explanation were given. Alderman Cory: Hear, hear, I quite agree with you. Mr. Lewis Morgan said that they had been told that the town men unemployed did not apply to the company when there were vacancies. Mr. Chappell replied that if the men were sure of proper and safe employment they would apply. but service under the tramway company was so uncertain that they would not apply. Mr. Lewis Morgan added that he was in sym- pathy with much that had been said, but he doubted whether the committee could do any- thing. The town-clerk had advised them that they had no power to refuse licences. Mr. Fox said that he could not believe that a committee that had power to grant licences had not power to refuse as well. He should like to give notice of motion that no licence should be granted unless the man to whom it was granted had been living in the town for three years. They had had a case that morn- ing in which the applicant had been in the town only two months. Mr. Good asked whether the committee could have produced before them the law upon which the town-clerk based his opinion. He should like that produced, because the town-clerk was wrong so often. Mr. Hallett: I don't think Mr. Good should be allowed to talk like that when the town- clerk is not present to defend himself. Mr. Fox: Oh, for the days of municipalisa- tion! Mr. Lewis Morgan: Will it be any better then? Mr. Fox: Yeq. Mr. Lewis Morgan: We should be the em- ployers then. Mr. Chappell: Look at other employers! Look at Mr. Solomon Andrews. He knows the value of keeping his men as long as possible, and *-T7~ yjr some of his men have been with eighteen years. The matter then dropped. Some Suggestions. Mr. Jenkins drew attention to the « Grangetown, and gave notice of unless the tramways company recojP^Pj bye-laws and drove their 'buses in f with them, the committee should r grant all special permits. w lfy Mr. Lewis Morgan said that he and. t j constable had considered the LlaO g j service, and recommended that the ro jj committee should be asked to co'L0itf i! question of moving the terminus bottom of High-street to somewhere monument. cHjl The Head-constable said that the could be effected very easily, and j a great improvement in every way..jpiJ The matter was referred to the sub-co^pjfl Mr. Lewis Morgan also expressed the .y that it was time to again ask for stages on the Cardiff and Llandaff x This also was referred to the sub-coH^ J