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I BEDWELLTY URBAN COUNCIL.…

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I BEDWELLTY URBAN COUNCIL.  I The ordinary meeting of the members of the Bedwellty Council wm'held at New Tredegar on Tues- day, at which there were present: — Messrs. Edgar Davies, J.P. (chair- man), Isaac Jones (vice-chairman), W. O'Connor, W. Bufton, T. Tillott, J. Crew, S. Godwin, A. Thomas, T P.. Evan Thomas, W. J. Davies, u. Jones. R. J. Jones, with Mr. I T. j. Thomas' (clerk). Mr. F. G Harris (deputy clerk). Mr. H. Hayes" (accountant), Mr. Dan, H. Price (surveyor), Mr. F. Hynam (sanitary inspector), Dr. Roberts (medical officer) Arising out of a complaint that the water supply in the Sirhowy Valley was cut off without notice, Mr. W. O'Connor suggested that I notice should be given. On this occasion the water was off from Friday until Sunday'afternoon, and people were running to every poss-, ible source of supplv.—The Sur-. veyor said he did all that wasi possible. The stoppage was due to j a fractured main at Bedwellty Pits. i He ordered the crier to go around. Mr. Bufton That's the first I have heard of it. :1 The Accountant reported that the Rent Collector, Mr. James, had now, left for the Army, and that it would j be necessary to appoint a successor, the work being done temporarily by Mr. A. Richards.—Mr. Crew I moved that they advertise the j position, and on the suggestion of I Mr. Evan Thomas it was agreed I that preference be given to dis- I charged soldiers. Mr. J. Crew suggested -that a census be taken of the number of I people Jiving in the Council's liotises at Cefn Forest. He feared there was overcrowding, and that more than one party were living in one house. It was a distinct under- standing that only one family was to occupy each, house.—Mr. J. Tillott seconded, and the motion was carried. Mr. J. Crew gave a report of the conference held at Newport in reference to uniform wages for Council employees. At present there was-- no "syem or method in grafting increases. It was sug- gested" that a Wages Board be formed to govern wages. The pres- ent inequalities created dissension. A Wage Board would deal with all applications.—Mr. R. J. Jones said he opposed the proposal. He .thought the Council employees were members of their particular union. He thought each Council could manage its own business without relegating it to a Wage Board. He was afraid they would find after the Board had been formed that one of the Councils would drop out, and the whole scheme would fall like a pack of cards.—Mr. Crew-replied that the Conciliation Board worked better for the miners than each colliery dealing with its own dis- putes. It was suggested that the scheme "should apply to the indus- trial area of the county, where rents and cost of living were practi- cally the same, -The Clerk stated that the official record- (yf the meet- ing recommended the establishment of a Wages Board on behalf of each authority, and that only applica- tions be considered when coming from the Union representing the men.—The report was adopted, and the Chairman and Mr. Crew ap- pointed to attend the next con- ference. Applications were received from Blackwood Gasworks employees for an advance of itd. an hour, and from the National Union of General Workers for 5/- per week for wage men and 2d. an hour for all crafts- men and labourers, also for IId. an hour for masons with 5 I'- war bonus. Mr. Isaac Jones thought that the Bedwellty Council was now paying equal to any other authority, and he thought this was a matter for the proposed Wages Board. They could deal more effectively than amongst separate Councils who were often pitted one against another. He moved that the matter be de- ferred until the formation of the Board, and make any increase retrospective. Mr. D. Jones seconded.—Mr. R, J. Jones moved an amendment that the Grading Committee deal with the question, —Mr. W. Bufton seconded.—The resolution was carried. ■ 181

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