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Hauliers' and Riders' Grievances.

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Hauliers' and Riders' Grievances. To be Submitted to Federatios No Policy that will weakent.Orgallisa.. tioB to be suggested TO THE EDITOR. Dear Sflt,—At a meeting of the Hauliers and Riders heM at A her av on recently, &,rer which Mr. A. J. Phillips presided, it was decided to appoint at the next meeting a deputation, to visit the various lodges of the S.W.M.F. in order to explain the desnand for improved La- bour conditions and increased wages. Their de- cision, let it be clearly understood, by no means betray any lack of interest or want of sym- pathy in the coalfield for the hauliers and riders in their efforts to affect an improvement in their wage conditions. Already, I under- stwad, the Western and Afan Valley Districts, as well as a large number of lodges in other parts of the coalfield, have decided to put the whole weight of the organisation behind their claims for increased wages. Indeed, the pro- gress of this agitation up to the present has ex- ceeded the expectations of the most xanguina among us. From the most unexpected areas we have received intimation that the matter is being taken up with a zeal and earnestness which augurs well for the ultimate success of the agitation. But what is obvious is, that if this agitation is going to fructify, and its pur- pose is not to be frustrated, then we will nave to mitigate some of the obstacles that strew the path ahead, since the ultimate achievement of our demands can only succeed in proportion as we can succeed in eliminating the difficulties that beset our path. THE FIRST ESSENTIAL. The first essential and indispensable condition is that we should remove the obstacle of migur- "ig iu r.ha& our demands and method of attainment shall be thoroughly un- derstood. And it is with that object in view that deputations are going to visit the various parts of the coalfield to explain their demands and the eircumstancea which have rendered them imperative. Until that is done nothing tangible will result from this agitation for the well-being of the men interested, and we therefore urge upon those lodges and districts in sympathy with this agitation to pass resolutions request- ing the Executive Council to convene a confer- ence to discuss the proceedure most likely to be successful in bringing about the incorpora- tion of those demands in a revised wage move,- ment. It is argued that to use the machinery and resources of the organisation to improve the condition of a. certain section of the work- men, and to refuser to take into account the grievances of the great bulk of the mem bership of the Fed eration, who are working in the various grades, is to pursue a policy which would be doomed to failure, siace it would not enlist the active support of the entire organisa- tion, because of the absence of any prospects, for an all-round increase in wages. We are not oblivious of the efficacy of that objection, and we fully recognise that to employ the machinery of the organisation to advance a programme which could only result in chaoe and dissension within our own ranks. A step in that direction would be deprecated by everyone who can per- ceive in the organisation the immense poten- tialities it possesses as a weapon for improving the economic status of its members, and any friction that may arise would only tend to un- dermine the fabric and unity of purpose upon which the successful and harmonious working of the organisation depends. NO SECTIONALISM. For that, and other reasons, we shall shun any proposal which is devoid of discipline and destructive of cohesion, in order that we may keep our organisation intact and unimpaired, preparatory for the innumerable problems which it will be called upon to tackle in the imminent future. To pursue a policy which would result in a recrudescence of sectionalism would be fatal to the success of any movement in an industrial struggle, and we are therefore sin- cerely anxious to avoid anything in the nature of misunderstanding concerning the purpose of this agitation which is being conducted with the object of improving the conditions of the hauliers and riders. In conclusion we desire all lodges who are interested in, and in sympathy with the greivances to urge upon the Executive Council to press forward their claim at the ear- liest opportunity. TAL MAINW AMNtI, Secretary. A. J. PHILLIPS, Chairman. (Hauliers' and Riders' Committee).

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