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Merthyr and The Strike.


Merthyr and The Strike. ORCANISED LABOUR'S SUPPORT FOR I RAILWAYMEN. Return to work immediately. Terms satis- factory to everybody., Thomas ajid Bromley." This was the message received by the Merthyr and Dowlaiis railwaymen on Sunday evening an- nouncing the settlement of the- strike. The tele- graphed instructions were abided by and pre- parations for a resumption commenced at once. Monday, of course, it was hardly possible to re- store a complete service of trains, hut on Tues- day the usual number were running. Just prior to the delivery of the Thomas-Brom ley telegram a big mass meeting was held a.t the Thomastown Park, Merthyr, when the case for the railway- men was put by Messrs. J. E. Jones (N.U.R.), Bert Brobvn (A.S.L.E. and F.), S. 0, Davies 'the Dowlais miners' agent) and Mr. Noah Ab- lett (the Merthyr miners' agent). A CONTRAST. I ? .1 1 Mr. S. O. Davies asked what was behind the mind of the government in this apparent at- tempt to divide the railwaymen. It was per- fectly obvious that the matter at s-take was not merely the ways of the N.U. R. He was per- fectly satisfied that if the Government were consciously fighting the N. U .R. on the question of wages, they would never have been so unpru- dently stupid by giving publicity to the miser- able pittances earned by the railwaymen, and incidentally spending thousands of pounds of public money. And the Government boosted it- self on these figures. What would have been the attitude of a collier boy of 16, if a mine manager offered him £ 2 13s. per week. (Laugh- ter.) The Government were not concentrating on the wages question at all. (Hear, hear.) The Government were not- organising their forces thereby to fight against the principle asked for by the N. U.R. It was perfectly clear that this Government was out to smash Trades Unionism in this country if it could, because it could see very well if they did not attack organised La- bour to-day and break it, Capitalism, private ownership in the industries of this country and vested interests were absolutely damned. (Hear, hear.) They had called in the Brothers Geddes to act as the principal executioners in this mat- ter. (Applause.) But he was rather afraid that the Government in their determination to smash up the power of organised trades unionism had left it rather late—hopelessly late. They com- menced by attempting to create division among the railwaymen by gran ting* a principle to ono section of the railwaymen and refusing it to the other. The present Government and the class thev stood for, realised the sinister power behind Trades Unionism. They first of all smashed the Police Union. With the assistance of the Bros. Geddes they hoped to smash the N.U.R., and then, so on they could take each Federation in the field, probably the miners next and the transport workers afterwards. That was what was behind the Government mind? There was a clamant demand for nationalisation and the miners were concentrating upon what they called nationalisation with joint control. The Government knew that if the miners were gran-ted this the railwaymen would be clamour- ing for the nationalisation of the railways. Why arc the capitalists and the Government so keen to spread soldiers and sailors all over tht coun- try and to sendthem to South Wales ? Why are Naval Ratings being brought into South Wales? Not a single miner has been stopped—not as yet. But could they keep back the miners while they crushed the railwaymen ? He sincerely hoped that no discharged and demobilised soldier was under the impression that lie should be on the side of the Government and the capitalist class. They perhaps had discovered for themselves that it had been not so much democracy but Pluto- cracy they had been fighting for before. The Government had asked for violence—advertised for it, and anxious that there should be collisions between armed forces aNd the workers. To send troops into Dowlais and Merthyr, where thou- sands of steelworkers and miners were idle simply asking for trouble. He hoped the man in this district would make friends with the armed forces. (Hear, 'hear.) In London al- ready they had thousands of these armed fants, who should not be responsible for carrying a rifle. With the return of the rail way men work w normal in all the collieries in the area by Tues- day. Though there were over 17,000 people idle in the district for the week of the strike, the crowds that thronged the streets Mere markeyfar orderly, and the relations between the strikers and the police authorities were of the happiest. On Sunday instructions were received from the Home Office w ith regard to the recruitment of a citizen gUaicl, but the evenings tidings spared the mayor, the chairman of the Watch Cotnmit tec and the chief-constable applying themselves to the intricasies of the scheme as had been ar- ranged on Monday.


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