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MINERS' AGREEMENTS I

SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT BRYNAMHAN.

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RUGBY CUP MATCH AT YSTALYFERA

I MINIMUM WAGE ACT¡ AND THE…

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MINIMUM WAGE ACT AND THE BANKSMEN'S CASE. I I Federation's Decisions. Some rather important matters of general application were under considera- tion at a meeting of the executive council of the South Wales. Miners' Federation held at Cardiff on Monday. These questions had r,fereiic, (1) To the conditions of employment, and more particularly tho wages of banksmen. (2) The question of the averaging of tha rates of wages of piece-workers for the purposes of the Minimum Wage Act. (3) The general adoption of the cus- tom of the payment of six turns for five actually worked by men engaged on afternoon and night shifts. In regard to all these questions there was a. failure to come to an agreement at the last meeting of the Conciliation Board f?r the Welsh coal trade. In v iew, therefore, of this deadlock, and the dis- tinctive lead given by the South Wales miners' conference a few weeks ago that these matters should be disposed of, the council were confronted with the issue as to what action may now be taken. This led to a lengthy discussion, and the whole day was occupied by the coun- cil in their dclibNations. Tho re was a full attendance of the council, over which Mr W. Brace, M.P., presided, there also being present Mr J. Winsto-ne (vice-chairman), Mr A. Onions (gener: treasurer), and Mr T. Richards, M.P. (general secretary). It w.as finally decided to ask for a further meeting of the Ccncil:ation Board in order that another attempt might be made to arrive at a settlement prior to seeking the feeling of the whole of the workmen in the coalfield upon the matter. POWELL'S TILLERY GRIEVANCE. I A deputation of workmen employed at Powell's Tillery Collieries at.tendd be- fore the council with the request that the men be allowed to tender notices to ter- minate their contracts in order to resist the action of the management in the un- necessary dismissals of a large number of workmen. It was decided that' an interview be sought with the management, to investi- gate the matters. and Messrs. J. Mann- ing, Vernon Harts-horn, and G. Barker (agent) were appointed to represent the council for this purpose. GLENGARW MINERS AND SAFETY I LAMPS. A report was ■pooeivitd from the Cllen- garw Lodge stating th^t the owners of the local colliery were substituting safety lamps for naked lights in a. seam at the colliery, and refused to pay the increase in pc)rcc-iii-,i,ges demanded by the men in consequence of this change. It was re- sol ved that the workmen be financially supported in resisting this alleged en- croachment of their rights and of the general custom in the Welsh coalfield. WEST MONMOUTH VACANCY. n I A deputation from the West Monmouth- shire Labour Party attended and ex- plained that there were four candidatee nominated for the seat which will he vacated by Mr T. Richards, M.P., at the next general election. Inasmuch as the four gentlemen concerned were mirvcrs' re- presentatives, the deputation decided that workmen of all grades employed within that Parliamentary division should be allowed to take part in a ballot for the selection of a candidate. It was resolved that this request be accedffi to, and that the ballot be taken of all workmen en- gaged in he various industries in the di- vision. Mr W. P. Nicholas reported upon the tiTust de>:>d to govern the Senghenydd Re- lief Fund, and the council agreed to ac- cept the trust deed in its preeent form. NEAtrH MINERS AND PROPOSED I NEW DISTRICT. The monthly meeting of the Neath Dis- trict of Miners was held at the Waverley Restaurant on Monday, Mr John Jones, Resolven, presiding. Delegates repre- sent i ng 3,1 & ree, d i n g. Delegat?es re p re- senting 3,130 collieries were present. It was announced that arrangements were being made to receive a deputation from the central executive of the South Wales Miners' Federation in connection with the establishment of the new Neath district. f Full emaid-eration was given to the details in connection with the constitu- tion of the district, which was adopted wilia little aimendment. ♦♦♦«■■»

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