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Mountain Ash District Council.…

. Lord Aberdare and Education…


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.--Miners' Meeting at Abercynon.


Miners' Meeting at Abercynon. THE OUT-OF-WORK FUND. On Friday evening, at the Lesser Hall, a meeting of the workmen employed at the Dowiais-Cardiff Colliery was held under the auspices of the local lodge of the South Wales Miners' Federation, when addresses were given by Mr. C. B. Stanton (miners' agent), Aber- dare; Mr. Ben Davies (miners' agent), Ponty- pridd; and Mr. Thomas Andrews, Treharris. Mr. John Evans presided, and there was a very large number present Mr. Ben Davies, in the course of a Welsh address, compared the position of Welsh min- ers with that of the Scottish and English min- ers regarding the financial benefits of the Fed- eration The Scottish and English miners, he said, had for years been paying double the amount into their Federation, and had thereby established an auxiliary fund, from which they could draw some financial relief when depres- sion of trade and other adverse conditions met them. The miners in South Wales had begun to feel the need of an Out-of-Work Fund, when they found large numbers of their fellow- workmen, morning and evening, at the pit- head seeking employment. This in the end would certainly militate against them, and he had full confidence that they would vote in favour of adopting the scheme. Mr. C. B. Stanton said they were meeting at one of the most critical junctures in the mining history of South Wales, and although he was not there to divulge any of the secrete of that day's meeting at Cardiff, he felt that he would be neglecting his duty as a miners' leader were he not to remind them that the great objects they had m view could not bo obtained without a struggle. He did not mean by that that it was essential to have a strike, but the ultimate argument to be used would depend largely on the unity and confidence which the workmen had in their leaders. He wished to impress upon them the need of an Out-of-Work Fund. They had already had a few samples of what the Government intended to do regarding the solving of the unemployed problem, which were crude in their conception and inadequate in their application. There- fore, they should realise that to ameliorate the conditions of their industrial life, they must strive to complete their industrial organ- ization. They must restrict the number of persons out of employment, and also prevent them from seekmg employment under adverse conditions elsewhere. Mr. Thomas Andrews followed with a brief address in Welsh, and a. vote of thanks to the speakers was proposed by Mr. Wm. Reynolds, seconded by Mr. J. R. Morgan, and carried unanimously, A mass meeting of night men was held at the Lesser Hall on Wednesday morning to hear an address by Mr. C. B. Stanton on the Out-of-Work Fund. Sir. W. Reynolds, check- weigher, in a brief address, expressed his regret at the small number present.—MT. J. Rhys Morgan, checkwoigher, spoko on the critical position the miners were placed at the present time. He stated that possibly the employers would tender notices to the workmen a.t the commencement of the month, and he warned them to place themselves in compliance with their Federation. The regime of their Feder- ation was all justice and not charity, and if there should be a strike, the district officers would take the books into their hands, and all persons in debt of 2s. and over would have to suffer. He thanked the few present for com- ing' to the meeting.—Mr. C. B. Stanton thank- ed them for their presence, and said he mostly always had a full place to speak to. It might bo awkward for the night men to attend, but they had more at stake in this matter than any of the members of the Federation. If they wanted to better their conditions, they would have to shake themselves, and be alive to the situation.


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