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LLANBRADACH COLLIERY DISPUTE.

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LLANBRADACH COLLIERY DISPUTE. MINERS' MEETING AT CAERPHILLY. A STRIKE IMMINENT. On Thursday afternoon, a mass meeting of miners of the Caerphilly district was held at Caerphilly, there being a large attendance of men. Mr Alfred Onions, Abercarn, presidl-d, and Amongst those also present were :-Messrs Joseph Morgan, Rudry (vice-chairman); Lowis Miles, district secretary; D. Morgan, miners' agent, Aberdare; Wm. Brace, secretary of tho South Wales and Monmouthshire branch of ths Minen' Federation; Thamas Richards, miners' igent, Ebbw Yale and Philip D. Rees, Aberagutti. The CHAIBMAN said the first business was to Consider the best mode of dealing with the dis- pute at No. 2 pit, Llanbradach. He reviewed the position. explaining the cause of the dispute. Firat of all the men had refused to work in the steam coal seam because they were paid too low a -age. They were paid only 4s, whereas they wanted la 9d. Hence the strike. But during the negotiations between the coinmittee and the management the question developed into one not of day wage but of a price-list for the same. The question of identity of the seam also arosa, tho manager (Mr Galloway) alleging that it was the Aberdare upper four-feet seam, whilst the men asserted that it was the big vein. Mr Galloway did not deny tha statement of tha men, who took his silenco to mean assent. The men then offered to negotiate for a price-list for that saam on the sama linoo as they had settled for the seam in No. 1 pit, but Mr Galloway said he would pay only the price given for the Upper Aberdare. There the matter stood. He suggested that eibber further negotiation might be undertaken or that th3imen in No. 1 Pit bo withdrawn with the view of compelling the management to settle the matter.—Mr David Morgan said already some of the men were on strike, and there might be more in the satna position before the end of this dispute. They were threatened with blacklegs, but the con- tractors" were worse than these, and would spoil the broth" if the men did not take decided action. It had been said Mr Galloway would give the Aberdare price, whioh, he said, was 48. Well, the Abirdarn price was 4:1 6d, Is 8d, and 5a standard, thz3 lowest paid in the valby being higher than Mr fcralloway's price by a little over 7d per day, or 59 8d ptif week. He complimented the mon on the faot that thay had offored to leave the ques- tion of identity of saam alone and nesotiat* for a cutting price so as to get a fair day^ wags, and an tha patient and fair way in which they bad approached Mr Galloway; and proceeded to tug^est that arbitration might be tried. If Mr HaUoway would not then come to reason he would jay to them "fight this battle out like men." glear, hear, and applause.) Mr Galloway in his action bad gsuc beyond evon the Almighty Himself. (Laughter.) He would provo it. Mr Galloway said the seara was the Aberdare four- Feet, and ha would pay no more. But he did not reason th» matter. He merely put down his A?' remained immovable; but the y even to th*s vilest of sinners. Come, let us reason." (Hear, hear.) If th.,y were to fight the matter out they must have a strong Union, and he urged them to SM to that point.-Mr Wm. Brace remarked that this was not merely a local case, it was to be a cuss for the whole of the men in South Wales and Monmouthshire, and if Mr Galloway knew that was so he might find some graceful means of dropping down from his high position. He sug- gested tnao Tie miners agents present might be appointed to wait upon Mr Galloway and point out to him what would be the consequence it the men had to fight him. (Hear, bear, and applause.) That deputation could be empowered to offer arbitration. The men would bo supported aot only by the South Wales and Monmouthshire miners but by public opinion, which was an important factor in matters of this kind. In view of their not coming to a settlement with ™p.,™lloway, they might consider how they could best fipht him. Personally, he was not in favour of calling out the mm in No. 1 pit, where ihero were 550 men. To pay thoie lüen if on itrike would take J3500 a week, which was no imall sum to raise, and which could not be kept up very long in their present disorganised condi- ,would that tha No. 1 men lli j allowed to remain at work, and if these would pay a levy of Is a weeis they would be Able to keep the No. 2 men out as long as was necessary, and give them time to worry the blaefclaga in No. 2.—Mr Thomas Richards agreed with what had been said by Mr Brace, and urged unitlrmongthemen. The Llanbradach men woutd be heartily supported by the miners of his dis- trict.—Mr Lewi's Miles urged that everything possible should be tried before arbitration or a itrike were resorted to. H would therefore Kr0??8?! miners' agents should wait on UaJloway, and endeavour to arrange better pric" The price offered was Is 2d a ton clean, ind Ud through, and they ought to have some- thing more than that. The resolution he would luhrnit was That this meeting of Llanbra- daoh and Caerphilly Colliery workmen" in mass meeting assembled hereby authorise the miners' igeata, tothell with three. workmen from No. 2 pit, to interview the management of the Llan- bradach Colliery re the No. 2 pit dispute, and re- quufe them to agree to a price list for working the seam, and, Sailing to come to an agreement, that the deputation be authorised to refer the whole question in dispute to open arbitration."—This was seconded and carried unanimously.—On the proposition of Mr Miles, a resolution was also Saseed requsskingr miners in South Wales and Lonmoutbshire not to seek work in Llanbradach •No. 2 pit, and calling upon those working to come out.—It was decided, that the No. 1 men resume work that night. The deputation appointed waited upon Mr Galloway and Mr Bradford at the colliery on Thursday afternooti, but unfortunately no agree- ment was arrived at. It was, however, arranged mw the workmen to submit a list of prices, which Ms Galloway promised to lay before his directors, together with a proposal from the workmen, viz., that in the event of failing to agree, that the question be referred to open arbitration.

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