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COLLIERY' TRIBUNALS. ANTHRACITE WORKERS CASES. i The Military Service Tribunal for the Western (Anthracite) area met again on Monday at Swansea, Mr J. Dyer Lewis presiding. The assessors were: For the oolliery owners, Mr E. Williams; for the workmen, Mr John James, miners' agent. Major R. P. Jessel represented the military author- ities. At the beginning. the Chairman said he had been in conference with the New Cwmgorse Colliery management with reference to certain exempted nun, and explained that these men, if desired, could make a personal appeal to that court. YSTRADGYNLAIS COLLIERY. The first oolliery dealt with was Ystradgynlais Colliery. Mr Featon- inn represented the oolliery, and Mr T. D. Jones the workmen. Eighty- one men have left this colliery for the forces. At present there are 350 working-a reduction of 29 since the war. In the matter of two stokers, Major R. P. Jessel thought that one could he dispensed with. The representative of the colliery stated that the work  too heavy for a man of 45, and the men were exempted by the court. So were all others claimed by the I Military, save two cases, which were adjourned for a month. GURNOS COLLIERY. I Mr Abiather Lloyd represented the Gurnos Colliery, and T. Prosser Jones the men. On July 31, 1914, 227 men wero employed, and 320 have been ta.ken on since, 51 liad joined the colours, and 264 men are at present employed. The Chairman: So you are 34 to the good ? Mr Lloyd: Yes. We happened to be then in a very low state—not in a normal state. Answering questions, he said they were at the moment working only four days a week. The Chairman: You hayen't spared many men for the front? Major Jessel: This colliery appears to have more men now than before the war. Mr Lloyd explained that they had recovered in another seam during the past five months. For the first nine months after the war they were in a very bad state. It was stated that one man who was claimed by the military authorities had joined the Navy. TRAINING A LAMPMAN. Two labourers and a lampman were I elaimed as not indispensable to the colliery. The manager said it took come time to train a lampman, for mending of lamps was a trade in itself. Three months was given to procure anoither lampman, and one of the labourers was given a month's exemp- tion only. A banksman, two labourers, and a shunter were claimed under Form 4. Major Jessel suggested that the work of screening could be done by girls. Mr Lloyd: Isn't it against the law to employ girls at all ? The Chairman (smiling):' You know fcrryfrom1tW. girls employed not far from there.  of tbi,, case was J uj-aed for a .th. NEW DIAMOND. I Mr D. W. iw*ejL rePre9ented the owners of the N Owners of the ?????.?°? Colliery, and Mr Rees WilHn "S the workme?. There were 286 w?r ? workmen. liery on July 31, 1914; fi(!, taken on since 65 h'a "??s been ofrces and 332 are now the Forces, ajid 332 &re ?now\? ????? .?? The Ch.irma.n= You are on the in- ?r««K0, began. ——— n w :r Mr Davies said that during +u ?? months thev had workS   y but had ?t ime in the last two ?eeks cwin.? to??k of shipping-i^w aj°r A shOGing smi th was claiSmed v • j?JLe? l said there were too 0"0?  employed as shoeing*^ ,A ?ing smith .ou?ht to be rt)V to work up to 60 or 70 years of a.g. this young rnan was 22. lir Davies: We oon't replace him, Sir; and We cannot carry on tbe col-  ""?' k-ping ho tte^ |.   FIve labourern were dt3.ime.cl by the militarv authorties. on the 0"^ that older men could be .?PP??re? to do thir work. ?'" The Tribunal decided to give the,, men a month's exemption only. BLAEN-CAE-GURWEN. I Mr Samuel, manager, represented I the owners of the Blaen-cae-Gurwen oolliery, and Mr W. Owens the work- men. Mr Samuel said that 380 men were employed at this colliery on July 31, 1914 12 have been taken on since; 20 have left to join the Forces ("A very low proportion," the chairman inter- jected), and 350 are now employed. Chairman: So you are 30 short com- pared with the number employed at the beginning of the war? Mr Davies said they had worked an average of five days a week since January this year. A banksman's case was postponed for a moTith.-A shunter, two stokers, and two labourers were claimed bv the military. Asked how many men could be released from the oolliery for a Tunnelling Company, Mr Samuel said he did not know.—The cases of the stokers were postponed for three i months. KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURN-I ING! The next colliery on the list is in liquidation, and no one is now em- ployed there. The next was that of GeUiwarog Farm Colliery where only two men are working. This, the Chairman ob- served, is the farm to which reference was made recently in the newspapers, where the fire has not been ex- tinguished for over 300 yea.rs! CAEBRYN. I Mr Rees represented the owners; Mr Richard Rees the men. On July 31, 1914, 527 men were working in the colliery, 88 had been taken on since, 95 have joined the forces, and 489 are now employed. The colliery has worked full time during March, but was rather slack in February. The Chairman: The Major claims the whole of the men on Form 2. Mr Rees: I cannot see the way to comply. Two men were referred to the Medical Board, three men's cases (the one a. shunter) were adjourned for three months, and another for one month.


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