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OLD AGE PENSIONS. °f the annual conference of Met F-G-B. were resumed at the Hotel Ro'°P°'e« Swansea, on Thursday. Mr Enoch TK'- M P- Presided. 6 Question discussed was that of old l0O^ns' Mr Finney (North Staffordshire) "That in view of the large number of aged work,n who have been ditmissed from their oToyment in consequence of the operation the Workmen's Compensation Act, and need of making provision for all aged °rkmen, this conterence urges the Govern to introduce and carry into law during JTe Dext Session of Parliament an old age Pension scheme, and in order to press the &tter on the attention of the Government recommend that a strong deputation be jPpointed to wait on the Prime Minister. Watts Morgan seconded, saying that in ^aequenceof the operation of the Act anum- ytf fcged miners were turned away from ,r work and, to the credit of the South faiV^? he was glad to say they had £ 7,000 in order partially to relieve the tK 88 caused by these old men being ^fown on the road." ^Jj| John Wilson (Scotland),amid some uproar °leS maintained thajj this was a<Trade Union question,but one with which Socialism could effectually deal. It was 1^3^° discussing the abstract question, bub to find the money, and his solution was |i.j 0nalisation of the mines. They could not do while the House of Commons was filled landlord* and capitalists, and while the to ^ords remained. The only way was dlleate the miners, that they must look in tber direction, and send men to Parliament ^ere not landowners and capitalists, or vested interests to protect. Jrhe motion was carried unanimously. 'h 4 feturn was then made for a moment to subject of Eight Hours thrashed oat yes- a resolution being placed without dis- instructing the lixeeutive to interview Secretary on the question, the dentannouncing that whatever Pariia- did next Session the miners would be ^Pated with their bill. Happy Family. continued the order of the day, the 8'dent remarking:, amid laughter, that >y seemed a very happy family. W w°os 'n favour °f amendments to the ti Compensation Act.the nationalisa- of mines, protesting against unskilled orif jn mine3 were passed with wearying ^otony. question of raising the minimum wage of jJ?*ons employed in mines was under discussion 11 the conference adjourned for the morning.

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