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MEETINGS AT CARDIFF, NEWPORT…

A STRAIGHT TALK AT NEWPORT.

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A STRAIGHT TALK AT NEWPORT. Mr Havelock Wilson, M.P., addressed a meeting of seamen at Newport on Tuesday. Mr J. Twomey, who presided, said the need in which sailors stood fqtr a new manning scale was evident. In 1861 the British tonnage was 3,336,935 and the men employed 141,137 in 1870 the tonnage was 5,500,000 and men 218.000. The increase here between men and tonnage was proportionate. In 1901, however, the tonnage was 10,554,000 and men employed only 257,000. It was for the men to organise and support their leaders, so that a new man- ning scale could be obtained. (Applause.) Mr Wilson said he had come amongst them with an important mission. Everv Chinaman brought to this country, he told them, was a man less employed here. It was an inter- national question and needed tackling at once. When he arrived at Cardiff that morning he thought he had arrived at Hong Kong, for every second man he met in Bnte-street was a Chinaman. Many shipowners were as much against the employment of Chinamen as the Union were. The shipowners who believed in yellow labour were those who never believed in paying decent wages. He believed a good many shipowners were beginning to realise that it was to the Union and not the Federa- tion they must look for the supply of good sailors. (Applause.) But of all the enemies of the British sailor the worst was the man who cashed his advance note and failed to join his ship. He (Mr Wilson) was sponsible for the clause in the new Act wht. these men could be sent to gaol for 21 days. (Ap- plause.) His ambition in life was to try and lift the sailor's occupation to a higher plane. He knew only too well of the tendency pre- sent conditions had to demoralise the men, and he wanted these conditions removed. The sea life was not one for the worst men, but for the best men. Speaking of the manning of ships he said the present state of affairs was anything but satisfactory. Out of 3very 156 men employed every year one dis- appeared, died from heat stroke, or com- mitted suicide. Careful inquiry into the matter was necessary. He appealed to the men not to go to the Federation offices for their ships, but to go to the Union. He concluded by quoting th. words of the engineer of tha Lusitania, who, remarking on the record of the vessel, said, I desire to give credit first of all to my men, who are the best and most con- scientious set of stokers I ever commanded. They worked like Trojans." These were not Federation men, but Union men. (Applause.) Mr George Jackson, secretary of the local Union, proposed a resolution, which was en- thusiastically adopted, protesting against the tactics of some of the Shipping Federation shipowners in bringing, cheap Chinese and other Asiatic labour into British ships, and calling upon the Board of Trade to rigorously apply the same tests to the Asiatics as to other classes of seamen. At the close of the meeting 30 Federation tickets were handed in, and to-day (Wednes- day) the men will parade infrontof the Federa- tion offices and burn these tickets. Mr Wilson said they were embarking on a campaign which would have far-reaching results, and what Newport did that day other seamen all over the country would imitate. (Applause.)

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