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WORK AND WORKERS. The terms of the proposed settlement of the building trade dispute have been issued- ill the form of a manifesto to the members of the unions concerned. The men are to ballot on the question of acceptance cc otherwise of the agreement drawn up at be confer- ence between representatives of the national executives* of their unions, the Conciliation Board, and the Federation of Employers. As the result of the deliberations of a commit- tee of six from each side, the disability clause, to which the men objected, has been incorporated in a conciliation clause, which now readsFor tire adjustment of all dis- putes, and to avoid stoppage of work, it is agreed, subject to the observance of these rules, that employers shall be at liberty to give employment to any workman, provided always that nothing in the rules shall pre- vent an appeal to the Conciliation Board ir the case of an operative who has made him self specially objectionable to his fellow workmen, and that upon a difference arising between an employer, or upon the -works of an employer, and any of his workmen from any cause whatever, notice shall be given and the subject matter referred to the Board of Conciliation. The following concessions have been ob- tained since the inception of the dispute:— Monetary penalties and financial guaran- tees have been withdrawn. Recognition of three labourers' societies and one painters' society. Recognition of ticket inspection. Uniform overtime rules. "In connection with the latter point," adds the manifesto. "we would clearly point out that it was only on this condition that we were prepared to recommend you to accept the terms of settlement. and we would further state that the National Conciliation Board have given us the assurance that the London master builders will carry out the overtime rule." In conclusion the manifesto points out that if these terms are rejected a national lock-oaf will undoubtedly be. put into operation. The proposals for settling the London building dispute are, it is stated, being re- ceived with disfavour by the largest sections of the men. Resolutions condemning them have been passed at the principal strike centres. The C&ntral Strike Committee of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners protest against the wa.^ve of money which will be expended oil the taking of the ballots. The Executive* Council of the National Employers' Federation arranged to meet on Friday to consider what further action shall be taken in the event of the men rejecting the terms. A ballot of 25,000 members of the Mersey Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades Federa- tion began in Liverpool on Saturday. The men are asked to decide whether they will ac- cept the final offer of the employers to settle the unrest among ship repairers in Liver- pool, which culminated recently in a strike of repairers employed by the Cunard Company. They have been agitating for a forty-four hours week, but the employers offer forty- seven, or a. reduction of six per week on the present hours. -The Federation officials urge the acceptance of these terms. which also provide for the formation of a Joint Concilia- tion Board to settle future disputes. Speaking at an open-air Labour demonstra- tion at Leigh, Lancashire. on Saturday. Mr. G. H. Roberts, M.P., said he did not know when the next election would be. but he would like it early. He believed a tremendous change had recently take place in public opinion. The result would be a great strength- ening of the Labour Parte. It was absolutely necessary to back up trade unionism by poli- tical action. He was glad that the miners, transport workers, and railwaymen were com- ing into close alliance. These bigger bodies would bring greater responsibilities, and they would want big men as their leaders. Mr. Clynes. M.P., also referred to the combina- tion of miners, transport workers, and rail- waymen. and said further steps were being taken whereby the rest of the workers' indus- tries would be linked together so as to pre- vent the workers' battle being lost through the action of one set ef workers only. Strong objection is being taken by branches of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners against the decision of the executive to double the general levy, on the ground that the result will be a re- duction of members and a blow to trade unionism. The executive, in a reply issued recently, state that while fully alive to the depletion in their ranks which additional de- mands always bring about., it must be patent to members that it would be a more serious blow to trade unionism, and their society in particular, were it unable to meet its obliga- tions, more especially regarding trade privi- leges that for the past four months have absorbed thousands of pounds in London alone. The 'International Congress of Textile "Workers at Blackpool passed a resolution ask- ing for the prohibition by law of the. employ- ment in factories of children under fourteen years of age; and also a resolution asking for a reduction of the Saturday working hours. The Conference of Head Mistresses at Bris- tol passed a resoluiion regretting the recom- mendation of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service o.wlnding women from higher posts, and proposing compulsory retirement on marriage and segregation. Some speakers dissented strongly from the stattment that women are inferior to men in power 0; sus- tained work and adaptability, but it was agreed to delete part of the resolution dealing with that point. The Loudon omnibus cfnployees have ac- cepted the new verms offered to them by the companies, and there will be 110 strike. Cer- tain terms ore offered vliieli the union officials invited the men to accept, but the latter, being dissatisfied with the daily wage and spread overtime, voted by ballot against accepting the terms. The companies made further conccssion^ on these points, and dur- ing the past week the officiils fi-,Id nicliiigl)t meetings at the various garage centres all over London, and the new conditions were ex- plained to the men. A decision of great interest to trade union- ists has been given by Judge Roberts at Clcrkenwell County Court, damages being given against a society for expelling a mem- ber. Edward John Kelly, of Islington, had brought an action against the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants and the trustees of the society. As a member of the society Kelly had worked at night as a reel hand in a newspaper machine-room at a wage of 34s. 6d. per week. In addition, he worked at Messrs. Sutton's, carriers, from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. every day, and earned an additional 2s. 9d. per day. The branch committee, on learning of the circumstances, resolved that the action of the plaintiff in performing day work in addition to his regu- lar night work "was detrimental to the safety of other members who had to work with him. and it is also an act of misconduct cal- culated to damage the character and reputa- tion of this society, and, acting under Rule 26, Clause 15, we now expel him from mem- bership." His Honour held that the society were bound by the minute of this resolution, stat- ing that th-3 branch committee acted under Rule 26, Clause 15. He was far from saying that the reasons they gave for viewing the plaintiff's offence as a grave one was not well worthy of consideration, but if that was to be effected by the rules of the society, it must, he thought, be done by a new rule upon the point. His conclusion was that the resolution expelling the plaintiff was not justified by the rules of the society, and was invalid. His Honour said his judgment would be for the declarations and the in- junction sought for. He awarded Z68 damages against .the society in respect of loss sustained by plaintiff-who said he could not get work as a reel hand in a trade union house without a card of membership. A stay of execution was granted.

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