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THE SITUATION IN THE COAL…

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THE SITUATION IN THE COAL TRADE. THE proceedings at the meeting of the Con- ciliation Board, on Saturday last, prove that whilst both employers and workmen recognise that they are confronted with a grave situation by the conflicting opinions given by counsel on the cfleet of the CoaJ Mines Eight Hours Act upon the duration of the Conciliation Agreement, both sides are alike desirous of finding some means of preventing a disastrous stoppage of work. The employers proposed that they and the workmen should jointly present a caae for the opinion of a judge to be appointed by the Lord Chancellor, and the employers would give an undertaking to abide by his decision should it be against them. The workmen's representa- tives did not accept or reject the proposal, but took a week for its consideration, and as an alternative, suggested the appointment of a .9 sub-committee of their own members, to examine the question and endeavour to arrive at something that they could agree upon to recommend to the Board as an acceptable solution of the difficulty. The employers' chairman at once acknowledged that it was a businesslike suggestion, and his side promised to give it serious attention. Thus the matter stands for consideration at the adjourned meeting to-day, and it is to be earnestly hoped that one or other of the alternatives may be found capable of being put into shape for mutual acceptance. There is not a shadow of doubt upon the minds of either party that, failing some amicablo agreement amongst themselves for an arrangement to continue working until a new compact can be negotiated, the first step will be taken at the end of this month to terminate contracts. Should there be a general interruption and cessation of work before anything is done towards setting up new machinery for regulating the basis of work and wages, there is tho gravest possible risk of a protracted struggle. Both sides know so well the extreme importance of preventing a cessation of work that we may feel assured there will be nothing left undone that appeals to them as a rational means of avoiding such a disaster. It is easier to open a breach than to close it. Meanwhile, we understand, that the miners' executive are making preparations for a ballot of the whole of their members upon one or two vital questions which will ba sub- mitted to them at an early date after the adjourned meeting of the Conciliation Board, and upon the result of that ballot their course of action wiJI depend. We sincerely hope that a strike and lock-out will be averted. If such an untoward event were precipitated at Mid- summer there is too much reason to fear that the time of the year would not be favourable to shortening the term of its existence.

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