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CORRESPONDENCE.I

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

COUNCILLOR CHARLES GRIFFITHS…

WHAT DO TRADE UNIONISTS THINK?

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EBBW,VALE CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE.

THE MINERS' OUT OF WORK FUND.

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THE MINERS' OUT OF WORK FUND. Sir,—In your last issue there appeared a letter under the above heading, and in it an appeal is made to the South Wales miners 'to vote against the Out-crf-Work Fund until we can have the management of this fund in our own districts." The writer admits that the only objection he has to the acheme is to the pro- posed method of administering it, his contention being that it would be administered more econ- omically and judiciously from and by every dis- trict than from one common centre. As this is a view I have not heard expressed before, I should be) pleased if "Federationist" would, in a future issue, explain a little more clearly his reasons for thinking so. Here are mine for believing the opposite: The Federation, as at present constituted, is composed o! nineteen dis- trict committees, and to say that nineteen com- mittees could distribute the monies collected for an Out-of-Work Fund more economically than one central committee appears to me un- reasonable, and will allow of a more detailed explanation than "Federationist" gave in your last issue. The little "supposition case" quoted in his letter, and which h° applied to the Exe. cutive members, could quite as easily be applied to district members administering this fund; and not only that, but as there are nineteen district committees to the one central council, this supposed evil would be nineteen timo3 greater under the scheme he advocates. I will admit that each district knows its own n'3od" best, but each district would bo represented on the Executive Council, eo there is nothing to complain of on that score. The danger of district administration is that they administer for themselves alone, and are too prone to for- get other less forunate districts. This cannot happen when the funds are administered from one common centre. the direst needs would call for the most pressing attention. And the interests of the Federation as a whole would be considered, thus serving the true pur- pose of a Federation. Then the remark re obtaining a balance sheet of the South Wales Miners' Federation. These balance sheets are printed for the use of members only, and as numbers of our fel- low-workmen are not members, they are not entitled to have one. Then th0re Is another class of workmen who often say they cannot get this and that. They belong to the who have not sufficient interest to attend their lodge-room to get one. I don't 8è3 what. they want with one they are not interested—they only follow the crowd. Do we come under this head- ing, "Federationist." or do we belong to the othN class of workmpn who take an interest in j the forth- Á coming-, want to know the reason why? It is the members of the Federation who decide how many of these balance sheets shall be printed, and if "Federationist" belongs to the last class of workmen, he should have no diffi- culty in getting a balance sheet. If he belongs to the other two classes, ho does not want one. Then he made a statement that £828 10s. lid. was paid la-st year for railway fares and con- veyances, and said that if a little of this money went to the out-of-work men, it would be a good thing. I agree with him entirely; it would be a good thing. But how can it go to the poor out-of-work men, when the rich out-of-work men won't let us travel on their railways unless W-è pay this fto us) enormous sum? I entirely agree with "Federationist" that it is too bad. and I feel sure that he will agree with me that our time and energy would be more use- fully employed if we used them for agitating for cheaper and better travelling facilities than in criticising any honest attempt made to deal with the out-of-work question—a. question that effects us who are in work more than iny ques- tion that I know of. As "Federationist" gave some advice, and also made an appeal. I cannot do botter than follow his example. My adviu, is: Support the scheme in its entirety. If an a.mendmen" is needed in the scheme, it i, that the number of days lost in any one month before any cla;m can be made under this schema should be reduced from twelve to eight: I think twelve too high. My app?al is: Crowd to hear the speakers who been engaged to explain the schema at me-ctings to be heJel in the Mer- thyr District of Miners during this week and next. and don't come from those meetings without fully understanding it. The speaker- will be only too glad to answer questions, if they can.—I remain, yours sincerely, JOHN GRIFFITHS. 15, Poplar-street, Troedyrhiw, April 24th, 1S09.

WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT.

CYFARTHFA CASTLE.

LINGERING COUGHS

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