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Trades Council and Uncertificated…


Trades Council and Uncer- tificated Teachers. I ELIMINATE BUT DON'T STARVE THEM. 'MPORTANT DISCUSSION AT MERTHYR. I th'l'he most important question befoe-? the Mer- Ti-lade? Conncii on Thursday wa? the vexed "?ble;?? the payment of the uncertificated '?cher. The discussion became somewhat acri- :onloHS, although it centred entiray i& a ques- ti ?Q of tactics—every delegate being agreed th1 ? elimination of the unc-ertinoated teacher is consummation devoutly to be hoped for. It as ultimately decided to, write the Labouri ?Up asking them to agitate for a decent mini- um fm' this class of teacher, and 20/- si,ig- sted as the figure, The discussion arose out I the Town Council report presented by Coun- tt ?' -Francis, who in reply to Mr. Bert Brobyn ??tcd out that the Trades Council waa com- ted to a policy of emcient staffing in the ools. He felt that the Merthyr authority hOld lead the way in doing away with the un- ?'t'?cated teacher in tll(3 school., by t aklg it impossible for them to ?et into the profession for a short time, during l,hici, ale", should be preparing for their college Naming ?Rt-t Brobyu agreed that the uncertincated ?tcher was not so desirable a? the trained telebei-- but they had to live, and ?-? long aa alit?.rit.? employed them they ought to be "?? a fair, living wage. Councillor Francis retorted that he was pre- tared to consider them, particul&rly those who  spent more than ten years in the service of he authority, but he was not prepared to per- ?tuate them. For anyone to stand up and say t Qese teachers were doing the work &s. well as alnecl teachers was absol ute nonsense. As a ratter of fact the authority Was • giving them ^Qsideration, although Mr. Fisher did not take en) into consideration at all. A teacher's ^Salifications must either be decided by the 3t- tornments acquired in college or university, or OY must declare those attainments useless. 1 lr, John Adkins quite .agreed that there lQuld be some period for the termination of the neendlcated teachers' agreement but to at" rnpt to get rid of them by starving them out "as a very dirty game indeed in his opinion. long as the Education Au thori ty muployed ft-- M .a living « J-, Mr. -1. R. Jones (N.XJ.R.) felt that the mini- r.^ln wage should be increasod to something over £6G per annum, and he moved that the Labour embers should do something. see that this done. John Williams said that the ultimate analysis the question reduced it to a consideration of The schools were built for the benefit Qf the teacher or the child. If then we came to the conclusion that the employment of the 1.ln- floated teacher was disadvantageous to the Qllld then we should make, up our mind a once ttlld for all to do away with them. "Education as the most important question we had, and we ?ould do our best to see that WH got the very ?t possible people to conduct it. Surely, the ;achel' who had qualified in a training college a? better than the teacher who had not quali- ? ab all. t¡cir. NNT. out tlia,t, the unœrti- t-o-ated teacher, in the claim for £ 100 instead of R65I contended that the nnoertHic?ted teacher ihght as large a class, and taught it as effi- ??ly as the trained certincated teacher. If t at wa? ?Q then as trades unionists he put it to ein that the 10g1e of the position was that the ?-??'tincatcd teacher should be paid exactly the  rate as the certincate<L The trouble wa? at most people did not know what unceTJfi- teacher meant. There were two c lasses, tllc' supplementary teacher, of which we la .,(. 1, d. t. f feal 26 in Merthvr, and whose condition of ap- jw Anient was that she must be a "girl over 18 S of age and vaccinated and, another cla<4 ??? had qualified to go to college. Take t.0both qualified to go to college: one a.lted ?'' time and ?? o??' went to college 41) had the position exactly. It was no go od ?'inging up the question of expense' be- cai Se ?t did not arise? for the certificate could ]je 'ot without going to College. The Trades q, "Iiis thii-i,,o? was up against the resolu- tlO,? Passed bv tha Labour Party, Tradea Union Congress> Miners' Federation and ot her bodies tiiri °l a,K^ time again that none but qu&lined tpa chers should be employed. t! },{r. H. Adams asked if it WM not a fact th&t fcVfw.^rulent who went to college got his or her \rtlficate after tWo or three years there, and ^rono' that ]us assumption wa* absolutely tono' a???c?lor Dai Davies had very little consider- atio*1 for ??? uncertincated teacher, and favoured their elimination, but, he said, do not let ^155 sweat them. Let us give generous con- sideat,i-on to those who have been with us for Jpo., ?.? ?s." ID Francis said it was the intent i on of the '?????' Francis said it wa the intention 01 'tlcation Authority to give special con- atioll t o the tmcertificated teacher who had 1)" -el) ?? employ of the Committee for ten year.s °r ?pw.u'd.s. The resolution wa? unneœs- fary s11!06 t^le Labour Group had been consider- ing th matter that day, and the matter was to hav ?'sful re-consideration. T]le j, 8°^Ution was, however, put and carried as HotGd ?Uddip? COlTæpondence was a letter from J. S. MiddW0 011!' Secretary of the Labour Party, re- atiiig Trade: Council m-otest over the alrt.?'s 0 ,por of Roberts in the Norwich elec- tion al111^ the wishes of the local L,R.A.Mr. ^iddlei-A^ .wrote: "The Labour Party Execu- tl 'V. tiVe amnn? ? meeting to-day and to-morrow, aHd aiiKjri3tr s:t oth?r business we h",ll have before 'is the relJ01 Norwich bve-election. I re- f?ret thafcouncil should have adopted the Tesolut'. 011 -itbolit heing in full possession of the ^acts. T*k f16 Was no meeting of the Party "xecutivp o!^eriuent to the decision of the Nor- T fv,, ] W'ell T-i--ad '?'- C6uncil. The Executive wIll" not ha, Ih. ?i ■ the Trad? Council before them ally 74util Wus week." Mr. Joh? AdkiM' oomment on thifi letter, More basnbeozling," wae the only (me m ade. The Blaokburn Trades Council reeolution call- ing for a legal 36-hour week, without a reduc- tion in wages, for all Indus erics to come into operation the day pe.a.08 is declared, and com- mitting the Trades Union Movement to a down- tool policy in the event of Governmental refusal to legislate this course, was again before the Council, after having been sent to the lodges. Several lodges gave it unqualified support; the N.U.R. endorsed all but the drastic action sug- gested for its enforcement, while the Class Teachers' moved an amendment favouring 36 hours, and deleting the down-tools policy. Mr. W. Harris, who supported this spoke well on the increased productivity of Labour, and the prob- lem of unemployment that would be raised in so acute a'fol'm by the demobilisation of 6,000,000 men if this policy had not been adopted, and Mr. John Williams felt that the demand for 36 hours was not extravagant, though he did not think that we should get it. Still it was all a game of barter and we must ask for much to get a little. Mr. Price pointed out that the teachers' pro- posal became a mere pious resolution because it eliminated the only cohesive power that could make it effective. However, the amendment was ruled oat of order and the Blackburn resolution carried with a few diasmitiente. A resolution supporting the Popela suggestion gestioii that Conscription should bo abolished for all countries on the termination of this war, was unanimously adopted on the motion of V, r. H. Evaias, who believed that there would bo a bitter struggle to banish Conscription, and who was anxious that we should start on our abolition campaign now. The Council associated itself with the Shop As- sistants' anti-sweating of girl assistants propa- ganda, and. in particular felt it desirable that trade union parents should see to H that their daughters should immediately on entering such employment attach themselves* to the Union catering for them. A resolution was also unanimously adopted calling for a revision of the present, penal nature of the Work of National Importance on which conscientious objectors are engaged. The Coun- cil further pledged itself to do all in its power to assist the Spanish working cl ik-A,, to secure the release of its leaders arrested in the recent dis- turbances there. The whole Spanish, position was explained by Mr. M. Esteban, 8.W.M.F., Dow- lais, who attended as a deputation of the Span- lais, who atteiided 4is a deput ati<)n. of the Span- 'lo-ni-015 of Arising out of the report of Mr. Enoch Wil- liams on the comments of the National Guilds League on the Report of the Whitley Committee on Reconstruction, it was decided that the Exe- cutive should study the Whitley Report and pre- sent a summary of its proposals, together with a comment on its policy, to a future meeting so as to give the lodges a lead in the adoption of a trade union attitude towards it. Mr. Williams made good use of his opportunity to propagate the guild theory. A resolution was also adopted petitioning Lord Rhondda to unify all the Food Control Commit- tees in South Wales into a Federation for the purpose of securing uniformity of prices 'in the area. Mr. W. Harris pointed out that at pre- sent prices differed in different localities, and the effect of this was to cause a flow of commodi- ties from the low priced districts into the higher priced Satisfaction was expressed at the better light- ing of High-street, but it was felt that the side streets were still yet too feebly illuminated to be safe, and complaints of some dangerous sites are to b* laid before the Chief Constable.

. Ordered Out of Court.


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