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WORK AND WORKERS, I LABOUR COUNCILLORS' PROTEST—COTTON-- SPINNERS' MACHINERY CLEANING—STATE OF EMPLOYMENT—WORK OF LABOI U EXCIIANGKO -LONDON BUILDING TRADE DISTM TE BeLT. ENGINEERS' WAGES—MINKKS A\D MR. KEIR HARDIE—INFRINGING TRADE ACTS—R UI-WAYS AND RECOGNITION "—THE KEY TO THE SOCIAL PROBLEM. -♦ The Executive Committee of the Leeds Labour Party have authorised the Labour members of the City Council to absent them- selves from meetings of the Corporation com- mittees as a protest against what is described as the continued usurpation of the powers of the ordinary Corporation committees by the Special Strike Committee. As a result of this, it is alleged, the departments controlled by these committees are understaffed, to the de- triment of the citizens. A member of the party stated that they were being treated vir- tually as rebels, and were being regarded with a suspicion that was intolerable. A conference has been held at the rooms of the Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' Association between a committee of the Fede- ration and of the Cardroom Workers' Amal- gamation to discuss the system under which machinery should be cleaned, the operatives contending that a sufficient time allowance should be given for cleaning purposes, during which the engine should be stopped. The question has come to the front as a result of compensation claimed. Further conferences are probable before a final agreement is reached. Employment ïlj January was good on the whole, and showed no marked change com- pared with the previous months, says the Board of Trade Labour Gazette. The engi- neering and ship-building trades continued busv, and employment at coal mines was still very good. There was, however, a further falli.ng-off in the textile industries, especially in cotton; weaving. The seasonal decline in the building trades continued, and there was some slackening in the brick, pottery, and glass trades. Compared with the high level of January, 1913, employment showed a faH illg + oft. The weekly number of vacancies notified to all Labour Exchanges for the five weeks ended January 16th, 1914, was 19,680, as compared with '22.146 in the four weeks ended December 12th, 1913. The weekly number of vacancies filled was 15,306, as compared with 17,166 in the preceding four weeks. It was reported there was a continuance of the demand for labour in the shipbuilding trades. A de- iicienoyin the supply of women was reported in the linen trades, and some shortage was experienced in the clothing trades and in. laundry worfc. "No conference has yet been arranged be- tween tlw parties to the London building trade dispute, which has now lasted over three weeks. On Sunday afternoon a demon- stration was held in Hyde Pa.rk to protest against the action of the employers. Lv. r. Stemnett, of the London Building Industries' Federation, who presided at the principal platform, said their executive had decided that there should be one agreement covering the whole of the building trades, and there should be one set of rules. They would call a meeting of all the committees affiliated to the federation to consider whether it would be wise or possible for the London Master Builders' Association to meet a certain section. of the trades for the purpose of ne.gotiatiing for a conference, or whether it would be better not to approach the masters at all until they agreed to meet the whole of the trades. Mr. Keir Hardie said that the men in the building trade were fighting for the whole cause of organised labour, and therefore the whole trade-union movement should oe ranged behind them, financially and otherwise. He was officially sent to the meeting by the Labour Party to pledge that party's support in the present 'fight. As a result of negotiations at Hull between the Em ployers'' Federation and the Amalga- mated Society of Engineers and other trades, a partial settlement lias been made with refer- ence to a claim for increased wages. The engineers asked for an increase of 3s. per week and 15 per cent, for piece workers; and other trades asked for an increase of 4s. to 20 per cent. The Federation offered a 2s. a week increase all round, and on Saturday this was accepted by the engineers. The annual Candlemas market for the hiring of agricultural workmen was held at Honicastle on Saturday, when there was a large attendance of masters and men. A fair; amount of hiring was done. The wages given j were: Foremen up to 15s. per week, wag- goners 12s. to 13s., gartlimen 12s. 6d. to 13s. 6c1., shepherds 13s. to 14s., together with perquisites. The South Wales Miners' Federation Council have decided to lay before the Con- ciliation Board numerous complaints from Enst G lamorgan, Merthyr, and C win a man. The miners in these places allege that work- men have been discharged for insisting on their rights under the Minimum Wage Act. A resolution was passed declaring that the trust deed of the Senghenydd Relief Fund should definitely .state that the fund must be wholly administered for the benefit of dependents of those killed in the S-eng- hen yd d and Glynnea explosions. The miners at the Bedwas and Duffryn collieries, in the Rhondda Valley, came out on strike on Monday, owing to a dispute under the Minimum Wage Act. Upwards of 3,000 men were idle. The statement that the Miners' Federation has decided "not to approve of Mr. Keir Hardie M Labour candidate for Merthyr at th" next e lection is incorrect. It is ex- plained that the decision is merely not to ap- prove of a suggestion that the Federation should adopt Mr. Hardie as an official miners' candidate, and that this does not affect his position. He will still be put for- ward by the Independent Labour Party, and is expected to receive the support of the miners and other trade unions M usual. Fines and costs amounting to 924 3s. have been imposed at Clerkenweli on Messrs. Sail- lard a.nd Cubitt. of Greenliill-rents, Cow Cross-street, for employing four young per- sons without the certifying surgeon's certi- ficate and three others contrary to the pro- visions of the Acts. Miss Squire, chief in- spector of factories and workshops, said that the, firm appeared to be feather curlers, &c. Three of the girls had been refused the medi- cal certificate on the ground that they were verminous about the head. One girl.was not in the register at all, and three others had done overtime work at home, contrary to the provisions. The employment of the uncerti- fied girls was said to have been due to the carelessness of a manageress. The overtime work was very light. Viscount Churchill, Chairman of the Great Western Railway Company, states that the report to the effect that the railway com- panies of the United Kingdom have collec- hvely decided to accord" recognition" to the National Union of Railwaymen is wholly devoid of foundation. The subject has not even been collectively discussed by the chair- men of the several companies, and agreement between them would be absolutely necessary before any such steps could be taken. In a reference to Socialism during his sermon at the Manchester Cathedral on Sun- day night, Bishop Welldon said that among the different projects which came under the term Socialism, there was not one which did not more or less aim at doing away with social differences and reducing all members of society more or less to the same dead level. Not only would society be very uninteresting when all people were alike, but it would be very inefficient. It was not equality or uni- formity, but reciprocity which was the true key to the solution of our social problem. It was when the various members of the body politic, rich and poor, employers and em- ployed, realised that in the long run their in- terests, if rightly adjusted, were not dis- cordant, but harmonious, that society at- tained its maximum of strength and power.

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