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I " Living Wage."


I Living Wage. PROBLEM OF UNTRAINED TEACHERS. MERTHYR AUTHORITY STILL TALKING. A living wage to uncertificated and supple- mentary teachers was under further discussion at ?dnesday's meeting of the Merthyr Educa- tion Authority. The matter arose on a notice of motion tabulated by Mr. A. Wilson (Trehar- ris) to the effect that all teachers in the service of the committee w hose salaries were not revised under the Fisher Grant should be referred to the Special Salaries Sub-Committee for reconsidera- tion irrespective of length of service, that a re- turn of such teachers should be prepared by the Director of Education and that the salaries to uncertificated and supplementary teachers in other towns should be obtained. After reviewing at length the developments respecting the salary increases of the teachers, Mr. Wilson pointed out that the interpretation of the phrase ten years service "• in the resolution relegating the consideration of their position to the sub-com- mittee as ten years continuous service" -—a point upon which there was an acute difference of opinion amongst the members of the sub- committee—was unfair for there were many teachers who although they had 20 years' service would be penalised by this view of the phrase because a short break had occurred in that period. Mr. Wilson's motion was seconded by Mr. C. Fenwick (Dowlais). Mr. Gomer Thomas (Merthyr) thought it was not of educational advantage to perpetuate un- trained teachers, who, if possible, should be driven into going to college. Mr. L. M. Francis (Penydarren) agreed, but added that whilst they were being employed they be given enough to keep them alive. Aid F. T. James (Merthyr) was also of the opinion that it would be unjust to interpret the phrase quoted as being continuous service, which certainly was not meant in the original motion. He was agreed, however, it should be their object to get rid of untrained teachers, to appoint whom all authorities had been too prone. The whole of the .Fisher Grant for elementary education had been expended, so he questioned the wisdom of reopening the question of salaries. If the £ 65 a year granted uncertificated teachers could not keep body and soul together they should strike out to another vocation. • Mr. D. Parry raised objection to the policy of starving them out, whilst Mr. D. W. Jones said if their services were deemed necessary they should be paid a living wage even if the Fisher Grant had been expended wholly, and the jn- creases would fall as a burden on the rates.

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