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CHESTER TYPOGRAPHICAL ASSO- CIATION. ANNUAL DINNER. The annual dinner of the Chester Branch of the Typographical Association was held at the Bull and Stirrup Hotel on Saturday evening. Mr. S. Mason, president of the branch, occupied the ohair, and was accompanied by Mr. Waddington, assistant secretary of the association, and Mi. Nelson, secretary of the Liverpool Branch. There was a large and representative gathering of mem- bers of the branch. After welcoming all, the Chairman alluded to certain matters befoie the branch at the present time, and spoke of technical education. He hoped tho committee during the year would bring for- ward some scheme of technical education. He hoped it would be. carried out. Country "hands' had always been able to hold their own with men in the large towns, as they were taught more capably. Now, in the large towns, technical classes were being formed, so that apprentices got a good all-round training. If something was not done the- "country hands" would find themselves in the background. After the usual loyal toast had been honoured, Mr. Nelson (Liverpool) proposed "The Typo- graphical Association," and coupled with it the name of Mr. Waddington. He said the associa- tion was a great institution. It provided out-of- work pay and funeral benefits, and for that alone the association was deserving of most energetic support, both by the men and their employers, because it took off the latter the responsibility of providing for their workmen when they were un- able to work. In replying, Mr. Waddington apologised for the absence of the general secretary, owing to indis- position. So far as the association was concerned, he was pleased to say that it was in a fairly pros- perous condition. They were at peace with all their employers. He did not think they had en- tirely settled linotype matters in Chester, Car- naivon and Sheffield. The association rejoiced in tho prosperity of the employers, and it desired at the same time that the employes should prosper and participate in a small measure in some of the advantages* reaped from increased trade. In most of the branches the association had a power- ful weapon in the diverting of trade to those shops conducted on reasonable principles, and where fair wages were paid. With reference to the agreement as to piece-work between the Linotype Users' Association and the Typographical Associa- tion, Mr. Waddington said the. Executive Council of the latter body were not enamoured of piece- work. They did not think that all the good that could possibly be reaped from labour was ex- tracted by piece-work. He himself believed that piece work fostered every evil and bad instinct in human nature. The next best thing to its aboli- tion was its being placed under control. Under the new linotype agreement as to piece-work, every man was guaranteed a fortnight's notice, and assured 30 hours' work out of the 48 or 44 hours of the week, as the case might be, other- wise he was paid for that time at the time rate of the machine. Mr. J. Durable gave the toast of the evening. namely, "Success to the Chester Branch." He re- marked that when he came to Chester 22 years ago, the branch was almost entirely confined to the two newspaper offices, but now almost every office in the town was represented. The number of members was about half the present total. Mr. T. Hargreaves, secretary of the branch, in responding, said the membership was now 89. as compared with 76 twelve months ago. Last year was a record one for the printing trade in the city. Mr. G. Davies proposed "Our Employers," and spoke of the excellent relations existing between the employer and employed. The Chester mas- ters had always met the association on points of difference in a courteous and reasonable manner. Mr. T. Mills responded. He said he hoped to see tho time when most of the employers would meet their men on occasions of that kind. (Hear, hear.) The printing trade was not as remunera- tive as it ought to be. and he wished it were possible in Chester to have a co-operative printing company, where master and man would try and make the business as profitable as they could for each other. During the evening an excellent programme ot songs, etc., was contributed by the followin, Messrs. J. Bunee, Williams, Victor Cross, F. O. Lowe, RaEerty and Cassidy.









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