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The Shop Assistants' Movement…

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The Shop Assistants' Movement in the Rhondda. Writing to the Shop Assistant" for August, Mr G. P. Roberts, the devoted secretary of the Pontypridd Branch of the N.U.S.A., says:- "In connection with the membership of our branch, I have a very encouraging statement to make. I find that a large number of the affiliated members are becoming full members. This fact shows that members are taking a greater interest in the Union,and that our branch at Pontypridd is taking firmer root. We have already had two very successful picnics, and intend having one monthly if possible. At the last we collected the sum of 13s. Gd. for the I S. A. organising fund. We hope for more to follow, later on. Our branch committee visited Tonypandy on the night of their meeting, called to start a branch of the Union. We had only one day's notice, or many of our members would have peen present with us. We did not arrive until 9.15 p.m. There was a large hall full of enthusiastic shop assistants awaiting us, and we were told that these were but a sprinkling of the shop assistants in Mid- Rhondda. If this is a fact, and I have no cause to doubt it, there is a sufficient number there to form a branch or branches that will outrival Cardiff. Mr T. S. Thomas (of Richard Lewis') was the chairman. A telegram was read from Mr T. John, editor of the "Glamorgan Free Press," expressing regret at his inability to be present. Addresses were given by Mr T. S. Thomas, Miss Clarke, Messrs Lewis, Walters and Roberts, Pontypridd, who congratulated the Mid-Ilbondda shop assistants on their decision to organise and join the National Union. It was decided to ask Mr T. John to become the first president of the new branch, and I hope he will be able to accept the office he can give them many a lift. Mr T. S. Thomas was elected chairman. He is the right man in the right place, and will make the branch go. He has a thorough grasp of the wants of shop assistants, and how they 3an be obtained. Mr Owen was elected as secretary, and two young ladies, Misses Griffiths and Jones, were elected to act as joint treasurers. A strong committee was elected representative of every trade. If this should meet their eye, let me appeal to them as well as to the members, to give their secretary every help they possible can. He will need it.

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