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DULAIS MINERS AND THE SHORTER SATURDAY I Employers' Disappointing Reply PROBABLE DEVELOPMENTS-PIT. HEAD BATHS. Contrary to the hopes and beliefs of a .considerable number of workers in the Dulais Valley, the conference between Mr E. Evans Bevan, J.P., of Neath, and the men's representatives on the shorter Saturday agitation, has terminated in an- .other deadlock, and it is not yet certain what the future developments will be. This agitation has now been In progress for several months, and on more than one .ooca.sion the miners have made every effort to obtain a final settlement of the -question. "In the first place, individual -colliery committees made the application for a stoppage at one o'clock instead of .3 pm. on Saturday afternoon, and this met with a refusal at the owner's hands. Upon receipt of this reply a consider- cable number of the men were eager to hand in nottcea to bring the matter to an early and definite issue, but subsequently the matter was taken in hand by the South Wales Federation, as a result of which Mr Beva.n consented to receive a deputation from the Seven Sisters works -committee, together with the chief agent '(Mr J. D. Morgan), and the Federation representative (Mr Enoch Morrell). As forecasted in the "Llais" last week, the deputation met Mr Bevan at Neath on Friday, representatives of the joint work- men's committee being also in atendaaice near by. The inembers-of the deputation laid the case for the men in an admirable ni-ainner, pointing out in justification of the miners' request that the circum- stances were quite exceptional through- out the whole of the Anthracite area. Mr Bevan in his Teplv sttted that he was not disposed to make the alteration as desired by the men and said that even if he were he would be prevented from doing so by the rules of his own associa- tion.. Since that time, Mr Bevan's decision has boeoi conveyed to the S.W.M.F. Executive, and the replv is being awaited with much eagerness and some specula- tion. VIEWS OF MR GEORGE JONES, CHECKWEIGHER. Interviewed on Wednesday by our re- present itive, Mr Jones, check- "weigher at the Seven Sisters colliery, gave his opinions on the present position for the benefit of "Llais" readers. Mr Jones said I am afraid the short Saturday will not now be granted, even at the cost of a strike, permission for which I do not think will be given by the Executive. I now believe that the men are drifting towards a demand for pit- head baths as an alternative to the re- duction in hours, and some would now prefer this to the short day, having re- gard to the fact that the latter seems almost hopeless. "You do not think the Executive would agree to the adoption of the strike w,eapon ? "I am afraid not," said Mr Jones, "for the reason that this would mea.n that the I Masters' Association would have to be fought, and we have to remember that this is only a sectional demand. It does not affect the whole coalfield, and the probability is that all the workmen of South Wales would not be prepared to support one section in a matter of this kind. The case would be different if all the mi ilea's were asking for the shorter Saturday. Mr Jones added that the men were ready to fight the matter out if they could see that the end would be success- ful, and would be willing to sacrifice a great deal if they could hope for the de- mand being guaranteed, but it was little use taking this step without some possi- bility of achieving their object. Referring to the pit-head baths ques- tion, Mr Jones re-emphasised the fact that the proposal was gaining considerable support among the men, and reminded them that the owners were compelled to provide them if two-thirds of the workers desired theon. On the other hand, the men have to contribute to their main- tenance, but this would be comparatively slight. W —————— »»,»

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