Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

18 articles on this Page



. "Woman's Mission in Modern…

.,.--.,I New Great Western.…


Aberdare Operative Bakers.…



-—-- — -«-————— Aberdars Miners'…


-— — -«-————— Aberdars Miners' Meeting. MR. STANTON ON THE CRISIS. The ::n:1ti1: m-ect'ne- f the Aberdare dis- trict of miRcri w held on Monday, at the Bute Arms, .VosA-o.are, Mr. James Davies in the chair. ?:oe-ch.air was occupied by Mr. Richard Phd-irw, there were present Mr. C. B. Stantov miners' agent, Coun. Illtyd Hopkins, secreu''T-. and delegates from the various lodges?, the district. The receipts for ccntnbuiioiu and levies amounted to JE599 62. The Lgl\\ referring to the position of af- fairs at the ,c coOieries, Bwllfa, said he had seen Mr. Llewellyn in reference to the price list at uSs colliery, but had not yet beeu able to arra.ig» the same. He thought, how- ever, that it was unwise to do anything fur- ther in the Kuntil they saw what was ther in the Kuntil they saw what was going- to it the end of the month. In reference t<» ihe strike at British Rhondda, he explained the men had come our without his consent or taat of the district. Neither he nor the distri'.ri were responsible for the stop- page. The ruoeU-vif agreed, however, that the Agent should to the colliery and en- deavour to effeot settlement.' Dealing with general wages agreement, Mr. Stanton said he was sorry to have to re- port that he was not in accord with the action of the majority of his colleagues on Saturday last, and was bound to disassociate himself from their action at the Conciliation meeting. He and five or six more of the leaders felt that they had no right to make the offer that was made to the employers' representatives. By the resolution of the conference of the men they had no right to enter into any agree- ment without the consent of the general body of the workmen. It was felt by the majority of his colleagues that they were doing the best, and in their view the only thing possible in the best interest of the whole coalfield. He regardea it .however, as a huge mistake, and one not at all likely to meet the wishes of the colliers in South Wales. It was indeed, he feared, calculated to encourage the employ- ers in the unbending attitude which they had taken up throughout. Having carefully weigh- ed up the position, he felt that the demands for payment of small coal, for the payment of a liv- ing wage in abnormal places, and the pay- ment for six turns for five for afternoon shifts, as well as the demand to have the wages of the lower paid workmen, who were now paid 3s. 6d., 2s. 8d., and 3s. lOd. a day, raised, apart from the question of the equalisation of the minimum, which had been advanced by the employers, were reasonable. The employers could not advance any fair reason for refusing the workmen a share, at least, of the profits which they made upon small coal. As to the claim in reference to abnormal places, the men met from time to time with bad roofs, disturb- ed ground through faults, rolls, etc., and oc- casionally with unreasoning abnormal officials. Judge Bryn Roberts, unintentionallv, no doubt, had opened the eyes of many of the working men in that coalfield to the condition of things which ought to have been put right long ago. Whilst as Federationists, they admitted that there were "Weary Willies," who, when found, must fare according to their deserts, they were equally determined that honest la- bour must be recognised and paid for (loud applause). He had been of opinion, in common with some of his colleagues, that to refer the whole case to arbitration was a fair way out of the difficulty. The employers, however, only offered arbitration on the question of the equivalent to the minimum, a portion of the case in which they would have the advantage to place befpre the arbitrator, and put in fig- ures of all description, which the workmen's representatives would not be in a position to disprove, much as they might doubt their cor- rectness. When the men's representatives ask- ed them to agree to an arbitration in reference to the demand for payment for small coal, the abnormal places, and the raising of the standard for the lower paid men, they de- clared that they could not allow any outsider to deal with such questions. That decision of theirs was evidently based on the fact that any fair-minded person with ordinary know- ledge of the industry would decide against them in reference to these three items. It was said that the leaders had been holding out to the men hopes of payment for small coal, abnormal places, etc., which they must have known they would never be able to get. All he could say was that while he was aware that it was by no means a pleasure for a miners' leader to be in charge of a strike, and they were fully aware of all it cost in loss and suffering; to go on working on the lines suggested, and to allow the continual exploitation of the people, would be sufficient to damn a man's conscience, and make life not worth, living indeed. To the outsider he said, "This is our business abso- lutely, and we shall be forced to show that we cannot allow any interference, however well intended, unless it speaks of fair dealing and justice (loud applause). A vote of confidence in Mr. D. Stanton was then passed, and a vote of thanks for his re- port and his conduct on Saturday last. The fol- lowing resolution was also passed unanimously: "That this meeting protests against the action of the Central Executive Committee of the South Wales Miners' Federation in the offer they made on Saturday last to the employers, before consulting with, and having the con- sent of the workmen by means of a conference. That, the demands of the conference held in November last be still adhered to, and. failing to obtain that, that we appeal to the miners in the English and Scotch coalfields to agree to a national stoppage of work."

Barbers Rash

Aberdare Bankruptcy Court.



Tabernacle Congregational…

Twenty-five Years' Faithful…

0 Aberdare Evening Schools.

[No title]