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THE QUARRIES DISPUTE. MEETING OF THE MEN. The publication of the notices by Lord Penrhyn on Friday offering employment to his late employes, resulted in a hurriedly summoned meeting of the men at the Market Hall, Bethes- da, on Saturday rligM. Mr. W. Evans, the chairman, said there had been no intention of conveying a public meeting until the notices in question were put out offer- ing employment -(hooting)- to those of them, at any rate, who were 'competent workmen.'— (Laughter). He ventured to assume that they all considered themselves competent workmen, but the terms of the notices made it incumbent upon them to apply for work individually.— (Laughter). He complained that the notices should be issued while negotiations between the Committee and Lord Penrhyn were still in pro- gress.—(Shame). There would have been greater appropriates* had the notices come out a day sooner-why, he left the meeting to guess.—(Laughter). Proceeding, the chairman expressed his gratification at seeing the men in such a determined frame of mind. For the past seven months they had solemnly passed re- peated resolutions, and he believed that they were determined to stand by them—(cheers— even in the face of every inducement oftered them, and that, moreover, they would not accept work except through an agreement come to with their representatives as workmen.— (Loud cheers). He was proud to think that the country was thoroughly alive to their interests and that the English trade unions were most generous in their support.—(Hear, hear). Mr. Robert Griffith proposed the following resolution: 'In view of Lord Penrhyn's fourth invitation, through Mr. E. A. Young's posters on the wall, to workmen to apply for work in his quarry, while we consider ourselves to be competent workmen we cannot accept employ- ment under the terms offered in this notice.' The reference to Mr. Young was hissed. The mover of the resolution defended tho course adopted by the deputation in the recent inter- view in putting forward first and foremost the question of combinatien, without which all other concessions would have been worthless. Mr. D. Da vies, in seconding the resolution, declared that the time had ceme when they should declare distinctly that they would not apply for work individually (Loud cries of 'No'). Would they go in and leave many of their co-workmen who had come out with them? —(' No.') That being so, to go in. was impossib- le.—(Hear, hear). Mr. William Williams (Gerlan) supported the resolution. He said Lord Penrhyn was evi- dently under the impression that the men's ob. jeet was to secure the right to manage the quarry. That, however, was not so, and the men knew it to be untrue. He emphatically made it known to the country at large that they desired nothing of It he kind. None of them believed that workmen had a right to control any work, but they firmly believed that they should have something to say as to their own labour, and thai; was what chey asked for. —(Cheers). The employer had his representa- tive, and it was but common fairness that the men should have their representatives acknow- ledged.—(Hear, hear). The resolution was passed. Mr. D. R. Daniel, organiser of the Quarry- men's Union, Mr. Henry Jones (Gerlan). Mr. Robert Davies, Mr. W. H. Williams, Mr. W. J. Williams (general secretary ot the Quar-t men s Union), and Mr. Griffith Edwards afterwards addressed the meeting, counselling the men to adhere to their just demands.




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