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GOVERNMENT AND MINERS' DEMANDS

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GOVERNMENT WORKERS' DEMAND. THIRTY SHILLINGS MINIMUM j WAGE. In the war declared by Government I workers on any Government that re- fuses to consider a minimum wage of 30s. a week the first engagement has taken place in Trafalgar-square, Lon- don. A huge demonstration of many thou- sands of men and women workers em- ployed in the Government service as- sembled to assert their demand for common justice, and throughout the proceedings there was an air of deter- mination which showed how thoroughly intent was the great ordinary human claims of those whom it employs. At the Square Labour leaders ad- dressed the crowds from three sides of the column. At the conclusion there was a scene of great enthusiasm when, at the sound of a bugle, the following resolution was put simultaneously from all the platforms and carried amid round after round of cheers:— "That this mass meeting of Govern- ment workers hereby calls upon the Government to concede immediately to all its employees a .30s. minimum wage and a 15 per cent. increase to all piece and day workers to meet the great in- crease in the cost of living during re- cent years, and further calls upon the Prime Minister, with the heads of all spending departments, to meet in con- ferences representatives of the men, elected by the Woolwich Trades and Labour Council and the United Govern- ment Workers' Federation, who will urge the above reasonable demand. This meeting further pledges itself to con- tinue the agitation and use every means in its power to secure this overdue modicum of justice." There was a big array of speakers, among whom was Mr. Will Crooks, M.P., aptly described as "one of the old champions of the thirty bob." "Who are you ?" he asked the crowd. "You are told that you are the liberty loving sons of fathers who fought and bled for an empire on which the sun never sets. Then you go home and sit in your smoky back rooms and tell that to the missus. She says 'Yes, that's all very well, but you can't feed the kids on it.' STARVATION, BUT CONSTANT. I Mr. Crooks told of an occasion on which he went to inspect a Govern- ment workers' factory. Women were employed there as a kind of compen- sation because they were the widows of men who had died for their country, women with large families who had been given the preference and were be- ing paid lis. a week. "I said to the man who was showing me round," remarked Mr. Crooks, "that it was starvation. 'But,' was his reply, 'it's constant.' "The children are more important to the nation than all the Dreadnoughts that were ever laid down. It takes 2s. 3d. to feed a poor-law child under a dietary order approved by the Pre- sident of the Local Government Board and passed by Parliament. A man or a woman may be fed under the same order for 5s. a week, so that a bill for a man, his wife, and four kids would come to 19s. Take that standard for yourselves, and then see how much you have got left out of 23s. 8d. for rent and everything else."

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