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RESOLUTIONS OF AN IMPORTANT ANTI-TRUCK MEETING. TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY. RESPECTED SIR,-I perceived that the following very impor- tant resolutions were unanimously adopted by a large meeting of delegates from all the anti-truck associations in Staffordshire, held at Tipton, on Monday the 15th inst., and would you please to allow them a place in your worthy journal, as copied from th e Birmingham Journal, of the 2Jth inst., for the sake of your numerous readers throughout the counties of Monmouth and Glamorgan, and other places ivherf the truck system is exercised. The resolutions are worded thus :—1st. That the payment of the wages of labour in goods instead of money, while a direct violation of the law of the land, is an unjust encroachment upon the rights and liberties of the working man, destroying, to a great extent, his free-agency; reducing him to the condition of a vassal to his employer, and at the same time robbing him of much of the produce of his only property—the labour of his hands." -2nd. That the truck system is at once dishonourable to the truck-master and dangerous to his moral principle, inas- much as it puts into his hand an engine of extortion, which he has in his power and may be tempted to regulate as his necessity or avarice may dictate, and by the use of which he has an unjust advantage over the honourable money-paying master, enabling him to undersell, and, ultimately to compel him to adopt the same system, or relinquish the unequal competion." 3rd. That the direct tendency of this practice is to break down and destroy the honourable and fair competition of trade, to ruin the retail dealer and the middling classes of society, dissolve the due and reciprocal respect and confidence between the employer and the employed, degrade and subdue the independent spirit of the strength of our country—the working-classes,—to create a population of unprincipled servants and heartless masters, and, in the issue, to bring about a disruption of the body politic, with all the calamities of a servile war." 4th. "That, ileepiy im- pressed with the growing magnitute of this evil and the fearful results which must ultimately fall upon our country from its unarrested pursuits; this meeting pledges itself to an untiring of efforts for its abolition, and earnestly invites the working men, in whose hands the law has placed the power to come forward boldly and fearlessly in the honourable work of putting it down." 5th. "That this meeting approves of the following suggested amendments in the Truck Act,—That the masters be compelled to pay their workmen within half a mile of their work, that middle-men, such as butty-colliers, contractors in ironworks, &c., be empowered to lay information against their iinasters for in- fringement of the present law, that there be a weekly payment of wages, in cash, that the period for laying information be extended to twelve months instead of is being three month-, as at present that the provisions of the Truck Act be made appli- cable to other trades, to railway, canal, and other contractors, builders and timber-merchants, that the payments to workmen shall only be made in current coin of the realm, and that it shall -be illegal to pay in cheques; that the offices for payment of wages shall not be near any tommy-shop; that if any employer or any person in his service, solicit a workman to lay out his money at, or shall discharge or threaten to discharge any workman on account of his not dealing at any particular shop, such employer or person shall be subject to the penalties of the Act; and, finally, memorials were adopted to the Lords of the Admiralty and the Honourable East India Company, praying, that as they pay all their contractors andi sub-contractors in cash, they will use their powerful influence with such contractors, to pay their men, als in cash, or to withhold contracting with such individuals in future These are the resolutions adopted by a meeting of 5,000 or 6,000 of the operatives of Staffordshire and the adjacent towns, and it would not be amiss to adopt the same or similar resolutions throughout the iron and coal truck-paying works of Monmouthshire and Glamorganshire, and we should be glad to see persons, like George Dawson, Esq., of Birmingham, coming forward to assist us:iti putting down this illegal oppression. A WELSH COLLIER. Anti-truck-vale, July 30th, 1850.






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