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RHONDDA SCHOOL BOARD & THEIR WORKMEN. Hslidays for the Carpenters and Masons. A VIGOROUS DISCUSSION. "We recommend that the Carpenters, Masoos. and Labourers be allowed the first fortnight in September as holidays." This modest little paragraph appeared in. the reported submitted by the Building Committee at Tuesday's meeting of the Rhondda SehooL Beard, when Mr T. Bevan was in the chair. Mr D. R. Jones Under what conditions are these men allowed holidays? The Chairman: The Building Committee thought the last week in August and the first in September. Mr D. R. Jones: Yes, but are tiiey to be paid ? The Chairman: Yes. Mr D. R. Jones (wanmy): \YIJftt, paid for their holidays? The Chairman They are officers: of the Board, and we pav all the other officers. Rhondda. Board and their workmen Mr D. R. Jones (indignantly" Paying £7 10s a month, after increasing their wages, and then going and paying them full vime for their holi- days The Chairman: The Committee regarded them as officers of the Board. Rev W. Lewis: Have they in the past had holidays like this? The Chairman Yes. Rev W. Morris: Why make exceptions? We grant a month's holidays to the head-teachers, and why make an exception ? Mr David Williams: As I am on the Building Committee, and Mr Bevan had left before the matter came on, I may be allowed to say thab I thought it was most reasonable to give the.st who get a month's holiday. The object of men- rr.ee the same chances as our Attendance Officers tioning September is that the men can do any work required during the midsummer holidays, and go away after the schools have been re- opened. I think it would be very unfair to refuse holidays to these men, who work hard all the year round. The Chairman (to Mr D. R. Jones): Will yon propose sny amendment. Mr D. R. Jones (contemptuously): I am ashamed to move an amendment. This is dis- graceful. Mr W. Jenkins: I certainly object to these holidays, and I propose that we eliminate tho Mr D. K. Jones: Wny afef"officers" of the Board. One might as well say that all the colliers in a mine are "officers" of the company, I beg to second the motion. Mr John Davies: I beg to support, because r think we are incurring a great deal of expense and charging it upon other poor carpenters and ether masons in order to give holidays to our carpenters and masons. The case is different to that of the officials. We give the teachers holi- days because it is held to be a necessity to give that length of holidays to the children. The circumstances are entirely different. Besides, our men lose but very little time, because they can work indoors, whilst others have to lose time. I agree with Mr Jones that it is quite un- fair to grant these men holidays. Mr Daniel Thomas moved as an amendment that the paragraph be not eliminated. Mr David Williams seconded. Mr Thomas: I am in sympathy with the mo- tion ,but inasmuch as we have been granting these holidays in the past, and employing the same carpenters and masons all the time. I think it would be advisable to let them know be- fore we stop their holidays. We could let them know for next year, but it would be unfair to stop their holidays now, Mr J don't think we have had any masons or labourers having holidays before. The Clerk, replying to questions by members. said that the same men were granted holidays last year. On being put to the meeting seven voted for allowing the paragraph to stand part of the report, and six voted for eliminating it. Mr Daniel Thomas (to the Rev W. Lewis): You didn't vote, did you? Mr W. Jenkins: I don't think we should have neutral people here; they should be made to vote. Rev W. Lewis: It is so difficult to know. Mr D. R. Jones: Take it in a reasonable sense. Rev W. Lewis: We have "ranted holidays in the past, and as we don't employ many masons and carpenters altogether I don't think it is worth changing. Mr W. Jenkins: The principle is the same. The Chairman: The matter is settled.

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