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AGONIES OF RETREAT.

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WELSH MINERS' WAGES. I i

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WELSH MINERS' WAGES. I NO INDEPENDENT CHAIRMAN TO DECIDE ISSUE. Quite an interesting situation is creat- ed just now in the South Wales coalfield I reparding the rates of percentages pay- able to the workmen. The workmen's representatives served notice upon the owners on Tuesday for an advance of 5 per cent.. while the owners served a notice on the same day for a reduction of 3i per cent. In view of the fact that under the new agreement there is established a joint audit of the owners' ( books these divergent aplications are based upon precisely th esame data. But what adds to the peculiarity of the I position is the fact that the joint board is at present without an independent chairman to adjudicate between the par- ties. Lord Reading, as Lord Chief Justice has been asked to make the appointment, but so far his lordship has not done so. A similar difficulty was experienced on the occasion of the resignation of Lord I Peel. The then Lord Chief Justice, to whom the selection of a successor had been referred, was unable to secure one ¡ in time to consider the application for a variation in the .general wage rate. The result then was that, a decision upon ths i-sue between the parties had to be de- ferred until the succeeding quarter. Pos- sibly a similar arrangement may have to be BMde on the present occasion, a.s the statutory meeting of the board to deal I with wHiges will have to be held on the 10th of the month. Curiously enough, too, Sir Laurence GGmm", the arbitrator appointed by the I President of the Board of Tra.de to in- qu:re into the anthracite dispute, has also resigned owing to ill-haalth. I

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