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IAGRICULTURAL NOTES.

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REVIEW OF THE CORN TRADE.

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. I

WORK AND WORK ERS. I

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WORK AND WORK ERS. I A great Strike 'has occurred at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, because of the dismissal of a man who was working in the Royal Car- riage Department and refused to erect a machine on foundations hlid by non-union labour. It is claimed that 97 per cent. of tl e men employed at the Arsenal are niembcfs of trade unions. At a mass meeting of the strikers held on Sunday night in Beresford- square, opposite the main gate of the Arsenal, Mr. Thomas Thompson, president of the Labour Protection League, announced that all the Labour organisations had ordered that all the Lai)our org, their men to come out solidly so that not a. man could go into the Arsenal in the morn- ing. Every sate was to be picketed, and they would say ta the Government, Entwstle must go back to work before the work of the nation can go on." A resolution endorsing the action of the Labour Protection League in ordering their 3.000 members not to start work in the corning .was carried with en- thusiasm. The first, sectional settlement of the build- ing dispute was completed ..on Saturday after- noon, when representatives of the Masons' Society signed an agreement with the London Master Builders' Association. Meanwhile it is hoped that the other unions will follow the masons' lead and sue for a settlement, and so prevent the declaration of a national lock- out. The crane-drivers, plasterers, painters, and wood-cutting machinists have approached the employers, and negotiations have been continued during this week. A deadlock has been rcac-hedin the engi- neering dispute concerning holidays at Blackburn which affects several thousand men. The men claim the following list of re- cognised holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday and Tuesday, the first Satur- day in August and the whole of the following week, the third Monday in September and the following day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and the following rates of pay for any workman or apprentice requested to work during any of the above-mentioned holidays: Time and a-half for work done In ordinary shop hours, time and three-quarters for work done outside ordinary shop hours in the shop, and double time for work done outside of shop hours out of the shop. Under the old system the men working dur- ing the holidays, when it is customary to have repairs done to engines and machinery in the inills,, have been paid at the ordinary rates, with time and a-quarter overtime. Two conferences have been held between represen- tatives cf the men and the employers. At the first the latter offered five days' holiday at time and a-quarter, and at the second they offered the August Bank Holiday week. Good Friday. Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Boxing Day at time and a-quarter. The men refused both offers, and no other conference has been arranged. Unless some settlement is reached no union engineers (nine societies being concerned) will work during the holiday week. It is pointed out on the men's side that Barrow, another large engineering centre, men called upon during the holidays are paid an increase of 50 oer cent. on ordinary rates. In large districts cf Lancashire the pits, foundries, &c., for miles were closed for the annual holidays, which began on Saturday, together with the usual exodus to the seaside. No less than 114 special traiiis-ii record for o,ne day-ran into Blackpool, the heaviest contingents of holiday makers coming from Burnley, Hindley Green, Leigh, Golborne, and Tyidesley. In connection with the strike of marine en- gineers. an important development is ex- pected by the men. The Joint Committee of the engineering societies, greatly dissatisfied with the result of their conference with the General Purposes Committee of the Shipping Federation, have approached the Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades and the National Transport Workers' Federation, and have asked those organisations to give sympathetic, and, if possible, active, support in the movement for the i ncreased-wages scale for marine engineers. The officials of the engineering societies express themselves confident that the support asked for will be forthcoming. Mr. W. Johnson, M.P., and Mr. W. Spare, head officials of the Warwickshire Miners' Association, have secured some concessions for the men employed at Arley Colliery. These include a penny a ton extra on coal got where lamps are in use. This advance is on the charter price, and also includes the free provision of lamps. The firm have also agreed that where a getter is put 4n charge of a stall on account of the absence of a stallman through illness or any other cause, he shall receive the full minimum rate paid to a stall- man (7s. 9d. a day), whether employed on be- half of a stallman or the company. The latter have decided to provide lamps costing 15s. each for the men's use. For nearly seven weeks there has been a deadlock in the building trade at Stratford-on- Avon between the employers and the builders' labourers, the latter asking for an advance to 5Jd. an hour and the employers declining to go above 5d. Both parties agreed to submit the question of a minimum wage to represen- tatives of the Board of Trailt-- a-nd M." jxouerr urnest xuooie autn'dea ana nearo evi- dence. He has just issued his award, which fixes for a period of eighteen months the minimum rate of wages at 5 £ -d., to be subject to revision at the end of that period if either party should previously have given to the .other three months' notice of its desire for re- vision. In these circumstances work has been resumed this week, as far as possible the men being reinstated in the nositions they pre- viously occupied. The Council of the National Association of Local Government Officers met at Ilkley on Saturday. A long discussion took place on the desirability of an increased contribution from the local guilds for the work of the Association, and the matter was referred to the guilds and district committee for con- sideration. The General Purposes Committee reported on the action taken to obtain an alteration in the practice of the Treasury in deciding appeals for compensation on aboli- tion of office. The Select Committee of the House of Com- mons on the bill confirming the Board of Trade Provisional Order to bring laundry calenderers and machine ironers under the Trade Boards Act have given their decision', refusing to confirm the Order. The Chairman. Sir J. Comptou Rickett. said there was not sufficient evidence to justify the Order. They were of opinion that the Board of Trade should invite the co-operation of the organisa- tions of the employers .and employed, and get the fullest information )hey could in respect of wages and conditions of labour in the laundry, trade, and that any future applica- tion for an Order s hould, if oossible, have somewhat wider application. Extraordinary street scenes during a strike at Sands Engineering Works, Colwick, were described at Nottingham Shire Hall when two women were charged with intimidating non- unionists and using abusive language towards them. Defendants were Mrs. Eliza Calladine, aged forty, and Mrs. Carrie Walton, aged thirty-two. It was alleged that on June 17th' as the strike-breakers left the works they were met by a large hostile crowd with the women as ringleaders, and accompanied to their homes amid a continuous chorus of epithets and threats of violence. A tin can band, fifty strong, clustered round an effigy on a prop. Fearing a breaeh of the peace the police seized the guy. William Clarke, one of the strike-breakers, declared that the women bat- tered the front door of his lodgings and de- manded his immediate ejectment. A number of witnesses denied that the women did more than shout- Blacklegs as the men passed, and this. contended a solicitor who had been instructed for the defence by the Boilermakers' Society, was perfectly legitimate. The Bench strongly advised the women to refrain from farther hostile demonstrations, but dismissed the case amid loud applause

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