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THE POXTARDAWE STRIKE

ICOLLIERY STOPPED ■ I

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I COLLIERY STOPPED ■ DISMISSAL OF ELDERLY MINER I The Gethin Pit, Merthvr Tydfil, is stopped. Five hundred men have "downed tools" and are in a determined mood. Immediately the case of strike was the dismissal of a shackler named William It efiii-ds, an elderly employee, against whom there is a charge of negli- gence resulting in serious damage under- ground'. "This only the climax of a. long series of difficulties," said Mr John Williams, the M iners' Agent for for the District, to a Press representative on Saturday. Considerable time there has been trouble over the dilatoriness en the part of the management in giving full effect to the minimum wage awards. The company has adopted a very high-handed attitude in the matter, and there being a num- ber of very bad working places many men are not making their wages. The men have been making claims in accord- ance with the Act, but there has been only partial settlement. It is notorious that c c-i-tiiii men who have these just and legal claims do not now work at the colliery. This has bred a certain amcnnt of timidity in tho older man, who, however good they may be as workmen, do not press too strenuously for their legal wage. Then tho boys share in the general fear. They a.re supposed to receive from 14s. to 21s. weekly, but the lads will not kick up the dust if they are not properly paid." Dissatisfaction, is also rife at the way damages or fines are recovered from the men for the lose- of lamps of others pro- pert v. Mr William; said the Conciliation Board on Wednesday had refused to con- sider the dispute, urging that the men violated the agreement in coming out bp- fore ti-le points at issue had been sub- I mitkd to the Conciliation Board. t "The men are willing tIC) letllrll to work," said Mr Williams, "if Richards is allowed to go back with them. Other troubles can then be dealt with. Other- wise, no work." ——————

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THE POXTARDAWE STRIKE