Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

24 articles on this Page

Advertising

ABERDARE VALLEY NOTES.

ABERDARE.

[No title]

Advertising

IAccidental Death. : I

_"'. Glamorgan Water Bill.

[No title]

l ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

.-—■■■■ Canada for Farmers…

OAL TRADE CRISIS. !

News
Cite
Share

OAL TRADE CRISIS. MR. C. B. STANTON AND THE OWNERS' MANIFESTO ) Mr. C. B. Stanton, the agent for the Aber- dare district, was seen on Wednesday by one of our representatives, and asked for his views on the present position of affairs in the South Wales coalfield. Reference was made to the owners' manifesto, and Mr. Stanton said no doubt the Federation would issue a counter- manifesto, but as the executive would not meet until after the International Conference in Ger- many, to which most of the officials and mem- bers of the Council were proceeding, they would not be able to do so for some time. They would, however, givo it a complete and s<Ltisfac- tory answer as far as the general public were concerned. He t;10ught the employers had been very unwise in issuing the manifesto, which ap- peared to him to be a very weak one indeed, h was llothiu2: new for the 0lJJp]oycrs to at- tempt to use their big baticry of lockout to compel the workmen of South Wales b giro up what the law had decreed. In the case of the payment for small coal. When the highest covirt in the land decided that the men were to be paid for small coal they compelled them to sign away their rights or be locked out, and although since that time small coal had risen three or four times even at its highest point they had never suggested even a small recog- nition to the men who procured it. When the Workmen's Compensation Act was passed the miners had to meet the bitterest op- position. The eoalowrners told the public that it would cost 6d., 9el., or even Is. more per ton for coal, whereas now it does not cost 2d. In- deed, he believed it was less tlun lid. on the average. Worst of all the employers shirked their liability and abused the Act, using it for inquisitorial inquiries into a man's character, pretending it was done for the purpose cf the Act, whereas it was really done to ascertain what men had been victimised in other districts. It was really nothing more or less than the revival of the discharge note. In addition to that, where injured men became fit for light employment, they endeavoured tc use them to reduce the wages to the lowest of labourers from 2s. lOd. to 2s. 6d. and 2s. 4d. It was, therefore, little wonder to the miners' leaders that the em- ployers now did all in their power to oppose the introduction of the Eight Hours Act, and to get something out of it in any way possible. If the employers would grant greater facility for cleaning and more eoual distribution of hours so as to secure continuous employment during the day, he wa.s satisfied that it would bo an agreeable surprise to the employers and the general public to see the extent of the out. put under the Act, but if there was to be a de- creased output there was no excuse for the South Wales employers to try and prevent the working of the Act. for a decreased output would mean increased prices. Asked if it was not a fact that at present the haulage roads were worked to the utmost of their capacity, and that any attempt to increase this would be a source of danger, Mr. Stanton said, "We are quite agreed to meet this by ar- ranging for a few men to do that kind of work by clearing the roads after the men have finish- ed, but not to cut coal." They would oppose a double shift because of its dangers, and the de- mand of the employers to work an hour extra one day a, week. As to the money paid for overtime, in the past it had often been put down for overtime when it was nothing of the kind. It was often paid to hauliers and drivers and such like for additional work done at in- creased risk. and surely this should not be taken away.

. Heaven and Hades.

Emotion and the Eyes. -

CWMDARE.

CWMAMAN.

. Fatal Accident at Hirwain.

... Congregational Musica1…

[No title]

MARRIED LADIES.

HIRWAIN.

--.-.-----Motorist's Miraculous…

-- P-Empire Day at Llwydcoed.

CWMBACH.

Advertising