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Trade Disputes in March.

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Trade Disputes in March. 46,886 PEOPLE INVOLVED. I 14 TRADE UNION WINS, 9 LOSSES, I 19 COMPROMISES. The num ber of disputes beginning in March was 83, as compared with 82 in the previous month, and 29 in March, 1917 (says the Board of Trade Labour Gazette "). In these new dis- putes, 27.508 workpeople were directly, and > indirectly, in volved, and these figures, 8, W n d re when added to the number of workpeople in- voIN-ed in disputes which began before March and were still in progress n.t the beginning of the month, give a. total of 46,886 workpeople in- volved in disputes in March, 1918, as rompared with -L-n February, 1918. and 28,916 in Marah, 1917. CAUSES. I Of the 83 new disputes beginning in the I month. 54. directly involving 11,467 workpeople, arose on demand-, for advances in wages 8, di- rectly involving 8,250 workpeople, on other wages questions: 10, directly involving 4,299 workpeople, on disputes respecting the employ- ment of particular oi-, persons; 4, directly involving 1,752 workpeople, on details of work- ing arrangements; and 7. directly involving 1,740 workpeople, on questions of Trade Union principle. SETTLEMENTS. I During the i)iont.h spttleiiients were effected in the case of 36 new disputes, directlv involving 11,940 workpeople, and 6 old disputes, directly involving 1.578 workpeople. Of these new and did disputes. 14. directly involving 6,519 work- people, were settled in favour of the workpeople, 9, directly involving 2,929 workpeople, in favonr of the employers, and 19, directly involving 4,070 workpeople, were compromised. In the case of 31 orther disputes, directly involving 15.593 work- people. work was resumed pending further ne- gotiations. AGGREGATE DURATION. I The number of working days lost in March by disputes which began or were settled in that month amounted to 237,300. In addition 38,900 working day* were lost owing to disputes which began before March and wpre stilll in progress at the end of the month. Thus the total aggre- gate duration in March of all disputes, npw and old, was 276,200 dqv.,q. aA compared with 287,500 da-vs in .February, 1918, and 202.000 days in March, 1917. WAGE ADVANCES. I The changes in rates of wages (including war bonuses) reported to the Department as having been granted during March (to take effect either in that month or from earlier dates in 1918), re- sulted in a. net increase of over £ 67.000 in the weekh wages of more than 220,000 workpeople. The only decreases reported resulted from the withdrawal of certain increases and bonuses, aflwtimr les-" than 10,000 workpeople, which had In granted in the latter part of 1917 to operate during the winter months.

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