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1Local Councils and Labour.

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Local Councils and Labour. To the Editor Carmarthen TVfeHy Reporin. Sir,—Your correspondents who sign them- selves "Jack Blunt' and "Business Alan discuss in your issue of the 26th ult., the letter recently sent by the local Trades and Labour Council to the Carmarthen Town Gouncill requesting it to insist in future that Trade Union wages shall be paid by all con- tractors doing work for the Corporation. Both these writers fail to see the ireasonable- ness of this request, and consequently ad- vise "all councillors without distinction of party to oppose this proposal." To enlighten "Jack Blunt" and "Business Man" as welil as the sceptical members of the Town Council and thereby prevent the further pos tpone mcnt of the discussion and adoption of this urgent reform, kindly allow me to state the case from the standpoint of the Trades and Labour Council. In forwarding this letter to the Town Council the local organisation, of the Labour [ Party in collision with kindred organisations throughout the country has three objects in view, viz. (1) To secure a minimum wage for workmen (2) To prevent sweating; and (3) To give an impetus upwards to wages in this district generally. Xow the Town Council is a corporate body; it can, therefore, accomplish much in a short *time in ameliorating the lot of the. working man. In endeavours at reform in. any de- partment of human life, single individuals are of very little Ús-to effect a speedy and permanent change fo-r the better they must combine into battalions for the right. The Labour Parity have understood this prin- ciple and they are combining their forces everywhere. They ailso try to secure the alliance of corporate bodies that are already in existence to realise the objects which they have in view. Hence their request to the Carmarthen Town Council—a body composed of members elected for the most part by the votes of the sons of Labour. If the present Town Councillors will not. see their way clear to grant this slight measure of justice to the working men of Carmarthen, then they must be forthwith cleared out and replaced by a set of men who are more amenable to reason and absolutely disinterested in the matter. Are there not too many capitalists I, andnployers of Labour on our Town Council? Surely, it is the duty of the Christian public of Carmarthen, acting through its aecredi ted representatives on the Town Council, to ifnsist on the righte of the humblest worker to a living wage, whether that worker be diireetly or indirectly in the employ of the Corporation. This duty follows as an inevitable corollary from the ChiistAjUi doetrille of Universal Brotherhood preached from every pulpit and taught in every i Sunday School in the town. The Labour Party expects the religious sects to translate their Sunday hymns -and sermons into corres- ponding deeds of justice and fairplay during the other days of the week, the Town Couin- cil is supposed to embody the Christianised public opinions of Carmarthen. Willi this Council give effect to this opinion in the form of an act of justice to workmen doing work for the Carmarthen Christian coin- niunity? "e shall see. The question is sometiimes asked "Is it ipossible to fix a. wage?' Of course it is. It is already being carried out success- ( fully An our Colonies where Wages Boards meet and fix what the rate of pay shall bo for different kinds of work. On the face of ilt, Britain in general and Carmarthen in particular, ought to be able to do what the Colonies are doing. The adoption of the Trades and Labour Council's proposal by the Cartmianthen Town Council and other Coun- cils in England and Wafles would prove an iimp,ortiant step in bringing iaibolit the estab- lishmemt in this country also, of such Wages Boards. Moreover, the proposal of the Lab-cur Party in no wise interferes with the rights of the contractor. Whenever he sends in a tender to the Town Council, the contractor will know exactly from the standard of Trade Union Wages all the district what to charge the Corporation on account of wages. As some, of your may remember, the Factory Acts Milieu they were passed and put into force were at first looked upon as un.'wamailta-ble interference with the rights of the employer; but when once the con- » science of this country wa.s roused laws to protect women and children were placed on the Statute-Book, and to-day no one ques- tions their justice. To "Business Man," in pa,rticula,r, -1 would recommend a very close .9tudv of the follow- ang elementary principles! of economics—iji fact, the A.B.C. of the subject:— (A). Inadequate wages help to create a demand for sweated goods,. (B). Conversely, a rise in wages helps to lessen the demand for veiy cheap goods. (C). Jhioreased Wages bring a;i. increased demand for goods. Hence, if the Town Council by its good example in adopting the suggestion of b tho, Trades iaud Labour Council can bring about a general rise in the wages of the various classes of workmen ;in Carmarthen, then it is pretty clear that "Business Man" and nil other 'business men. in the town AVLII profit by such a wifee and just reform 'initiated by the Corporation. VICTOR LLWYDFAB. t

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