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South Wales Coal Trade.


South Wales Coal Trade. Conference it Aberdare. A meeting of the representatives of the variou3 collieries in Eastern Glamorganshire, Carmar- thenshire, and Pembrokeshire was held on ^ftturdny in the Carmel-hall, Aberdare, Mr W. Abraham, M.P., in the chair and Mr David Morgan (Aberdare) in the vice- chair, for the purpose of considering the pro- paled alteration in the special rules now iu vogue »!' the various collierios in the district under the inspection of Mr J. T. Robson, her Majesty's Inspector of Mines. The chairman briefly fx- 'plained the objectof the meeting, and stated that unfortunately as workmen they could only appear before the arbitrators appointed by the Home Secretary on one side, and the employer on the tther side, as witnesses. They had the right to appoint an arbitrator themselves, and their duty ibat day was to decide what they objected to in Ae rules, and to appoint those who *ere to give evidence before the arbitrator ~in their behalf. Mr Isaac Evans in- quired whether the members of the Sliding-scale chought there would be any chance of obtaining special rules for house and anthracite collieries as heretofore, and sras informed that as far as the mspector "as concerned he was determined to have only one set. Mr D. MOBGAX, Aberdare, then gave in English a report of the steps already taken by them as the men's representatives ou the sliding- jcale committee. The first he heard cf the special rules proposed was some six weeks ago, when he found that they had been put lip at the Gadlys Colliery, and that the Gadlys workmen wore 'abiding a meeting to discuss them. H<? inquired md found they had not been put up at any other sodliery but at the next joint committee they found that the employers were that evening going '10 meet to discuss them. They informed the em- ployers that they thought they should have an opportunity to discuss them also, and th", em- ployers promised them a copy and to consider whether it would not be as well to have n. joint meeting. This was arranged for, but in the meantime they had ascertained that the employers wore going to meet the fotpector in their absence, and Mr Daiziel, the secretary, and Mr Simons, the solicitor of the owners' association, argued that the men had no locus standi before the inspector. I They argued this point at coreiderable length, and if he (the speaker) was nob able to get Mr Simons to admit he Was convinced, he silenced litis. (Laughter.) They were also informed by the employers that Mr lfobson objected to their being present at the interview, but this Mr Robsoa denied. (Hear, hear.) In accordance with their arrangement with the. employers, they met them last Saturday, but as they nad met the inspector in their absence they told their em- pteyers they were not prepared to discuss the ndes with them, but that they would convene a special meeting of the men to do so, and that meeting was accordingly called. They had, how- 'V1IIr, got one ttoint conceded, and that was that therntes were now pnt up at the top of er>ch lotliery, so that the men couid see and discuss them, although at first they wtere told they had tlO right even to this. All tits clearly showed the need of an amendment iu the law, such an amendment as would make it impossible lor the inspector and employers, to foist new rules apoa them without their consent. (Hear, hear.) Mr T. DABONWY ISAAC foJlowed in Welsh, foiug over practically the» same ground. A'here was no doubt, he said, but that the iuspector had intended getting the employers so accept these rules in their entirety, but they had declined to do SQ, and, according to the Act, each colliery owner who objected to the lules had the right to appoint an arbitrator to meet one appointed by the Home Secretary. The employers had, however, decided to act in their corporate capacity, and had appointed Sir W. T, Lewis to represent them, while the Home Secre- tary had appointed as arbitrator on the other side a Mr Batey, of Gloucester. They, as work- Tien, had no right to appoint an arbitrator, and they could only appoint at that meeting someone to be called as witnesses, and the inspector had promised them that they should have an oppor- tunity to do so. Mr Exoca REES, on behalf of the steam coal district, said they had gone. carefully through the rules, which would affect tb-.m very disastrously, as their collieries were so different to work to the steam coal collieries. After some further discussion the rules were taken seriatim. Subsequently the meeting adjourned for dinner, and as only a comparatively small number of the <atea had been disposed of, it was decided to appoint a committee to consult with the sliding- scale committee as to the remaining rules, and ultimately the following were elected members of that committee :—W. Evans, Rbondda J. Thomas, Garw Valley; Isaac Evans and J. Clements, Neath; Rees rlupltin, steain coal district; William Bray, Rhondda; Joseph Price and .Willi am Jenkins, Graig, Aberdare; James T^avies, Rhondda house cool; Thomas Thomas, Oyfarthfa; and David Morgan, Plymouth. These were elected on the basis of districts, and will be paid by their respective districts. It was, how- fever, arranged that any other colliery might send ttelegatee to that committee, provided they paid their expenses, and Mr John Williams, of Ynytybw, was elected to represent the Ocean Collieries. Any colliery which has any amendments to propose in the new rules are requested to send thftn at once to Mr Lewm Miles, the secretary of the sliding-scale committee, or to send them on Wednesday morning to Carmel Hall, Aberdare, where the committee will sit. Meeting at Clydach. A meeting of tbf, workmen of the Clydach- Merthyr Colliery was held at the New Inn, Lower. Clydach, on Saturday evening. Mr Dan Davies IJlEl8iderl. Mr Isaac Evans attended, after being present at the general conference held at Aberdare on Saturday.—The Chairman opened rtie proceedings by stating the object of the lAaetipg, and then called upon Mr Isaac J&MM* to speak. He responded to \he» invitation, and dilated very runyopon the necessity of a new organisation. His revoark* were well received by all who were prtoent, after which the following resolution •WM unanimously passed.:—" That this meeting, having heard the explanation given by Mr ,Eva\>s, accepts the same, and pledges itself to do aft if! its power to carry the resolution I of the district meeting into effect, as it be- lieves it is the only feasible method of really organising the workmen of the district, and it farther believes that the district meeting acted wmly is resolving to perfect the organisation of the district without promising to affiliate for the preeemi with any other body." Tki* resolution having been disposed of, the I meeting went into the question of the special rules, and several amendments were suggested fort. 11& Evans to convey to the next meet- imf, to be held at Aberdare, on Wednesday next. The hauliers having taken up the.question very heartily in ruftsrence to several points' in the new rules directly affecting their interests, asked Mr Evans to represent their views 00 these points at the same meeting. A hearty vote of thanks was given to the chairman and to Mr Evans, and the proceedings dosed. Hauliers' Meeting at Merthyr. A mass meeting of the hauliers of Plymouth, IJowlai^, Cyfarthta, and Merthyr Vale collieries liMt held at the long room of the Globe Inn, Mer. tÍqi, on Monday. The attendance consisted httgdyof Plymouth workmen.—The Chairman baring opened the proceedings, Mr Thomas, the jgo^kisg-stone chairman and agent of the new Hauliers' Association, said As they were aware, they bad started a new Union—the Hauliers' I UMoa of South Wales and Monmouthshire—the object of which was tho protection of all nanliers, sbacklars, &c. They did not on account compel any person to join I traei* Union. Membership was optional. He-believed that before the month of February haulier throughout the area would have JOHied their Union. (Hear.) They intended to Skim their emancipation from tiie tyrannous Ojd that had governed them for a number of y<Ma. They had started this TJnion because at <he< general meetings, whenever any question waa rakedi affecting their wages, they, being in the minority, were outvoted, tt had been said that, in estabishing a Union of fheir own, they were going antagonistic to the colliers, but they meant nothing of the kind. The standard u. paid to the Plymouth hauliers was a dis. Sfrace to the civilised world. (Hear, hear.) Doring the visit of the deputation which recently WaQød upon Mr Bailey on behalf of the hauliers of the Plymouth collieries, they saw chat attempt was beiogmade to introduce some new system aloo- getaer for their Mertbyr friends, but he wanted to them that once it was brought in they would have to suffer far greater tyranny than had yet experienced. The system Mr Haiiey brought before the deputation was pjcework or oontraot driving. He ventured that on the payment by dailjr wage, a man would be far better off than the IbaO who worked on contract. Perhaps Mr Bailey would like to see the system introduced into Ply- mouth, and to see the hauliew take off their shirts «nd work themselves to dtMli. With all due reppeet to Mr Bailey as a lay preacher of the Church of England, if he (Sir Bailey) was going to preach the Gospel of their Lord Jesus Christ, he most pay every workman according to the theory of honesty. Mr Bailey told the deputation that before he could raise the standard of the Merthyr hauliers be mUlit close the pita. He doubted whether he had that authority. After criticising other actions at Mr Bailey, the epeaker pointed out that the hauliers' standard at the Ooean Collieries was A 8d, and he went on tc» ask how was it that if it did not pay Mr Bailey to pay 34 3d, it could pay the Oceau to pay it; ? As they were now foonbers of the Hauliers' T/nion, Mr Bailey could it from bim that unluas he seriously con- F^tdqred the position of the Merthyr hauliers they trete goiug to cause him a littl" trouble, because, fce would say, 1f they wore to cease work they would all get support; and they would take cart no hauliers from other districts caino to seek MBploymeat there. (Hear, hear.) Legal asaiat* anee would b? given to hauliers vviio wer<* ]>rosecuted, arid in the casn of accident or death, compensation would be sought for. Thpy b- tended to giv-a noticj rhat tiny would IIQ: have .-toppag?s" kc-pt from '<'< ex-tpl those th.y (if)" iiauliira) iuis;ht naiin- to the employer. Overtime miwt bo paid in mouey and not in bo-n- i:i any ca-o; and, further, nothing loss than half a turn should worked as overtime. Tiiey inteodefl as haulier*; -[South Wales and Monmouthshire to got their standard raisod, and unless they did get their standard raised tht*y could not piomisa that any peace would prevail. The rules of th, new Union were to be registered, and would very likely be in the hands of all the mombers not later than January. Tho payments were at the rate of Is 6d monthly, paid fortnightly, for adult', and Is per month for boys under 16 years of age. After discussion it was resolved, That WlI leave the question ot finishing time in the hands of the executive committee." The proceedings closed with complimentary votes of thanks to the agent, the other speakers, the Chairman, and the representatives of the Press. Mr Isaac Evans at Skewen. Ameeting of the colliery workmen in the Skewen district was held at the Tabernacle Hail, Skewen, on Stop Monday. Mr Thomas Pick- erell presided. The Chairman introduced the question of organisation for the miuers of the United Kingdom. Dealing with the subject named, he said that he was almost I ashamed to havo to admit before other workmen that he was a collier, for the simple reason that the workmen in almost every branch of industry in existence had, during the last 15 or 20 years, improved their position so much more than the colliers had in the direction of increasing the standard wage-rate, and also in reducing the hours of labour. This had been done by others in a more marked degree than had been done by the miners. He, however, hoped that the day was not far distant when tho whole of the miners—not only of that district and of South Wales, but of the United Kingdom— should be so welded together as to demand from theeniployersthonghts of labour. IIethfo. caUed upon Mr Isaac Evans to address the meeting.—Mr Evans said ha was happy to bo able to state to the meeting that several local meetings had bnen held throughout the district during the last fortnight, and that at every meeting, with the exception of one, unanimous resolutions had been passed confirming the last district meeting decision?. Ho pointed out the naceSsity of organisation amongst the miners i'p order to secure a fair share of the products of tiisir labour,, and in order to show theid that they were not at present getting a fair share he would give them a few figures. Taking the year 1892, according to the statistics, the output,of coallor the United Kingdom was 181,674,290 tons, which were sold for £ 66,050,451, one of which was paid to the workmen in wages for the 12 months, £ 27,6G0,CQ0. This left a balance of 538.450,451, which had ?one in profits and in royalties, which meant that the workmen were paid less for their labour by very nearty 11 million pounds than the employers and landowners received by way of profits and rents of royalties. The number of workmen who received the wages named was 659.714, whilst' the number of employers and landowners hardly exceeded 4,500. Thus it would be gathered that the workmen's wages for the whole of the 12 months would make out an averaee of £4116. 8d. It would therefore be seen by those figures that the contention of the employers that they could not pay higher rates of wages to colliery workmen was amfro farce. But he would like to press upon his hearers the necessity of combination, as it would be sheer folly for tho workmen to expect the employers to mete out better wages or a greattr share ot the profits whilst the workmen remained divided as at present. Mr, Evans then referred to the present agreemsnt that they were working under in Soutii Wales, and said that the figures he had just given con- vinced him more strongly than ever that the present agreement was far from what it should be, and he questioned very much indeed whether there was any colliery agreement in the United Kingdom giving the miner a tair share of the products. Several other questions were dealt witb, and at the close of the address Mr Evans invited questions. Several other speakers addressed the meeting. These included Mr Harding and Mr Jas. Clement, who strongly ad- vocated an improvement in tho organisation. A resotutionwas passed confirming the decision of the district meeting. The question of special rules was then considered by the committee representing the. Dynevor Colleries, and the Cwrt- y-bettws Colliery was appointed to consider the rules forthwith, and to instruct Mr Evans and his colleagues as to what course they should take at the committee meeting to be held next Wed- nesday at Aberdare. Mr P. D. Rees at Abertiilery. A meeting of colliery workmen was held on Monday forenoon, at Abertiilery, under the auspices of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain.—Mr T. Price presided.—Mr P. D. Reos (Aberaman), in the course of a lengthy speech, said that after due consideration he had come to the conclusion that the best kind of organisation was national—on the Siime lines as the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, which had back- bone, and bad been able to maintain 40 per ceut. when districts outside had suffered reductions, and icost of ail South Wales. One of the greatest battles ever fought had been nobly won by the Miners' Federation of Great Britain in the Midland countios. lhe principle of a living wage had been pressed to the front and maintained, and it would be their own fault in South Wales if they did not also organise to that end. The English employers had been taught that in future they wonla have ,to consider their workmen's wages. The] Government thought the power of ] organised Labour had had to put its considering cap on, and to make the question a Cabinet one, not for any love for tho workers, but because industry was likely to be stopped. And if the workers of the country could not get a living wage by fair means, it was certainly the duty of any Government to interfere. Slabon stliil at Mardy that but for the strike in Wales they would have had more than 7% per cent, advance. That seemed to him (MrRees) as blood-money. He believed that before the constitution of a conciliation board, a demand would be made for a minimum living wage of 30 per cent. and if refused, the Midland men .ioald fight again. With reference to the new sliding-scale organisation. it was only a bogey to stop men from joining the Miners' Federation of Great Britain. Why did he disapprove of the scale ? Because it took 30 per cent, of wages more than it ought; it had no foundation, no prinpiple, no conscience; and because it was dishonest. Of all men the Welsh miners were in a position to demand a liviug wage, for in every market in the world Welih coal brought the highest price.— A resolution, to bo sent to Mr W. L\ Gladstone and Mr H. Fowler, President of the Local Government Board, asking for a modification of qualifications to sit on Local Boards, and that voting be by ballot, was carried unanimously.-— Mr Rees spoke at a meeting held at Blaina. iu the afternoon, which was well attended, and the same lasolution was carried. Rhymney Valley Miners' Agency. At a meeting on Monday of the joint com- mittee of New 'iredegar and Rhymney Collieries, the principal business before the meeting was the applications for miners' agent. After a long and very careful consideration of the various claims put forward, the following were selected to go before the men for final decision:—Stephen Morris, Trealaw, Rhondda; W. B. Hughes, Pontypool; and Evan Thomas, Brincethyn, near Bridgend. The ballot will take place as soon aa possible. Mr Brace at Caerphilly. On Monday afternoon a meeting of colliery workmen of tbe Caerphilly district was held in the Co-operative Hall, Caerphilly, for the purpose of considering the present position of affairs with regard to the question of amalgamation and organisation. Mr W. Brace, agent for the South Wales and Monmouthshire district of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, attended and de- livered an address, his' reception being very cordial. Mr Brace stated that he much regretted the action of the advocates of the sliding-scale in refusing to meet the FederatlonisU in order to bring about an amalgamation of forces, and he wished to again assert that they accepted a very grave responsibility by so doing. Had that suggested meeting takes place there would have been a chance for the whole of the leaders to have focussed their energi*a upon organisation pure and simple, leaving the question of Federation and the Sliding-scale in tha background until the time came for terminating the present sliding-scale agreement. When that tiuio came the men in union that would have been organised in the meantime would bo called upon to decide as to whether they wore prepared to throw in their lot with the national organisation and with the National Conciliation Board for regulating the profits to the employers upon the basis of a minimum wage, or whether they preferred to continue with the present slidiug-scale agree- ment. Were all parties to try to come together, as he had before stated, he was prepared to advise his psople to fall in with the majority to carry out such a programme. If the men, by a majority, decided for the scale, be would have considered it his duty to have honourably stood to the pledges given at the present time, at the suggested meetings for amalgamation. Their friends said they had an organisation, and that instead of trying to form a new one they ought to try to improve the existing one. He had two or three objections to tbeorganisation aa it at present existed. If they were prepared to discuss with his sido tho advisability of amending that organisation upou these points he had no doubt they would be able to come to a mutual agree- ment of grcas advantage to the men at large. His first and greatest objection to tbe organisa- tion was that it allowed Trades Union money to be kept back through the colliery ofBce by the employers, and however much people might try to minimise that point, the fact remained that by so doin? the organisation was such only in name. Probably the men might pay their money through the colliery office by the em. ployers keeping it back, but there was not that interest taken in the organisation by the men themselves that was necessary to bring about a powerful combination sufficiently strong to com- pete with the powerful federation of the em- ployers. Then again, the 8d per month con- tribution should be increased to at least Ù, or probably more. If these two points were met, with the understanding that m future all confer- ences of South Wales and Monmouthshire men should be confined to Union men, instead of collieries, as at the present time, his (Mr Brace's) people would be prepared to discuss and a&sist in organisation on such lines. But the other side did not consider them of sufficient importance, he presumed, to allow their men to meet his side. He was afraid that they had the idea that by refusing to me«t they wuuld in time, with outside help, be able to driv; the Foderatir-nists from the I lie!d. Their tri;nd- however, must understand that they had come to stay, and if tb^s agitation was goin. to continue as it had '.1onB in tho past the result would be that while the oth?r sido could n_'t prevent them organising, the Federutionists could prevent other parties from organising successfully, The effect of this would be thwt wh:n thft tiioe cam.=» for terminating the slidiog- se?.le acjreoiiieut ijnfair terms might, be forced upon trie teen..Probably some old stereotyped speeches would be riiada by the loaders who now refused to worlf for amalgamation, to the effect that they were compelled to accept such tarms, although unfair, besause of the weakness of their organisation. It was time that the South Wales leaders uhd^fstoo3 that the body of men who jrave them the power to form this new organisa- tion only numbered 40,000 all told, while they knew that there were 111,000 workmen in the South Wales Coalfield. They would therefore understand that there were 70,000 men outside who had nothing whatever to do with what they called the present Amalgamated Association of Colliery WorknK-n. Did their friends not ihink it wisp that something should be done to unite these 111,000 iteu, and get them together upon the lines of the county organisations that existed in the Midlands and in the North There was as much intelligence among the South Wales men as among the men in the North, and he could not understand what there was to prevent their having a itroog county federation—national amalgamation could come afterwards. As this was the most superior coalfield in the world, and also thelargeat, it was a constant disgrace to them that they had not the largest and best county organisation in the world. If the leaders of the sliding-scale did not think this ideal worth aiming at he felt sure ths men did, and he trusted that every colliery in South Wales and Mon- mouthshire would be represented at the con- ference at the Grand Hotel, Cardiff, on the 18th, to discuss the advisability of forming a thorough county oiganisation for :-Oouth Wales on these lines.—The address was received with frequent applause, and resolutions approving of its principles were adopted at the close. Miners' Meeting at Machen. A well-attended meeting cf the workmen of the Rudry Merthyr Collieries, Limited, was held at the Fwrwio Isaf Inn, Machen, on the miners' holiday, under the presidency of Mr Thomas Bounds, Bedwas. Mr T. W. Lewis (Rudry), acted as secretary. In opening the meeting the chiiirman dealt with the necessity of combination mnohg the workers ot the various collieries in the district, and after some discussion it was resolved—" That this meeting is of opinion that tha time has arrived to reorganise ths various collieries in the district, and that au invitation to that effect be forwarded to the workmen Of the following collieries. — Energlyn, Wernddu, Ci-myglo, Bovil (Machen), Fnrness Blwm (Caer- philly Mountain), Tynyc^edcao Level, Rudry Pit, sind Llanbradach Collieries, to seriously con sider the advisabIlity of reorganising ngun this district, and report the result of tlie various collieries' decisions to r. general mass meeting of miners, to be held at the Goodrich Arms, Caer- philly, on Saturday, the 16th inst., at 6 o'clock." A vote of thanks to the chairman brought a very successful meeting to a close. Colliery Dispute at Maesteg. Mr W. Evans, agent of the Cambrian Associa- tion of Miners, had another interview with the management of the Caerau Colliery, Maesteg, in reference to the identity of the new seam which is being worked there, and it was agreed to refer the matter to the sliding-scale committee. Humoured Sale of Blaenavon Coiliery. Our Rhondda correspondent writes :—It is rumoured in official circles in the upper part of the Rhohdda that the Fernhill Colliery Compafiy, proprietors of the Ft-rnhill Colliery, which is situate at the extremity of the valley, have pur- chased the Blaenrhondda Pits, situate about 100 yards away from the Fernhill shafts, and that operations will be resumed 111 about a fortnight or a month hence. The Blaenrhondda collieries have been idle for about 12 months, and the stop. page of the works threw out of employment 699 workmen. The news that the pits have passed into other hands baa given great satisfaction in the district. Stoppage of Rhondda Pits. Our Rhondda correspondent writes :—I am in- formed that the Abergorkey Colliery Company will shortly open out a new level on the hillside it Treorky to develop the Abergorkey seam, which has proved of such excellent quality iu other parts of the vicinity. The vein has been worked in other sections of the locality for a considerable number of years past by the same company. Tbe further facilities for developing tho stratum will afford employment for about 100 men. Extensions are also being mado for further developing the seam worked iu the CrownXsvel, situate in the same locality. For the past seven years this level has been worked regularly, and the coal is regarded as of excellent quality. The greater part of the output is conveyed over the Abergorkey Colliery sidings to the Taff Vale Railway. The Blaeny- cwm Culliery is still idle. and at present there is no prospect of a restart, the remainder of the men s wages being unpaid. The Dinas Colliery, Dinas, is also stilt idle. The residents of this locality have sustained considerable los3 through the stoppage of tha works, where about 800 work- men were employed. It is stated that operations would be immediately resumed if the royalty recipients made a reasonable reduction in the amount imposed by them. The Tylacoch Colliery, Treorky, has been at a stand- still for over four years, and there is not the least prospect of its being re-started. It was rumoured some time ago that the Abergorkey Colliery Company would probably purchase tho works, but no negotiations have yet taken place to that effect. It iastated by experts that very large sections of the best veins in this abandoned colliery have not been worked. The shafts are the oldest in the valleys, with the exception of the Bute and the Dinas Pits. A small number of workmen are daily employed in the Tynewydd Colliery, Trcherbert. The Lady Margiret Colliery, Treherbert, is also at a standstill in consequence of a dispute about the yard seam, which was stopped about 18 mouths ago. There are, therefore, five large pits practically idle m the district, extending fi*om Treherbert to'Blaenrhondda, a distance of about three miles. The greater part of the miners have found employment in other localities in the valleys, a large number of them returning home once a week. The extra cost of living, therefore, reduces their wages tully 30 per cent. The other pits in the valleys are working in full swing. Miners' Meeting at Biaengarw. A joint general meeting of the International and Ocean Collieries was held at Biaengarw oft Monday, December 4th. Indignation was ex- pressed that by the arrangements of the Home Secretary and the Inspector of Mines of the district the workmen are not to he represented on the board of arbitration which wilt decide on the proposed new code of special rules, while Sir W. T. Lewis appears on that board on behalf of the employers. The following resolution was passed" That this meeting seriously objects to the action of the Home Secretary and in- spector of mines in framing a set of special rules without giving £ be workmen, numbering over 100,000, who will be bound by tha samw, a chance of being represented on the board of arbitration. And they request the Aberdare committee to instruct all members of Parliament who represent any part of the district affected by these to unite in bringing pressure to bear on the Homo Secretary to delay the confirmation of these rules, and grant equal representation with the employers in the board of arbitration." Mr Brace at Yetrad-Rhondda. On Tuesday evening a crowded meeting of the Bodringallt and Gelli Collieries was held at the Bodringallt Schools, Ystrad Rhondda, under the presidency of one of tho colliers, Mr Ben Davies, the Welsh speaking agent, having addressed the meeting.— Mr Brace, who was cordially received, said that ia his opinion the system of deducting moneys at the colliery offices was to a great extent respon- sible for the present Rtatu of disorganisation among the miners of South Wales and Monmouth- shire. Hundreds of miners who were members of tho Cambrian Association of Miners, and they were really Dot aware they were members. (Applause.) He wanted to impress upon the miners of South Wales and Monmouthshire that if they wanted an organisation established upon Trades Umon principles, it must be entirely independent of the colliery owners. (Cheers.) Miners and the New Special Rules. The meeting of the committee appointed on Saturday last to discuss the remaining clauses of the proposed special rules submitted by the Home Secretary for use in the district, under the super- intendence of Mr J. T. Robson, Her Majesty's inspector of mines, was held on Wednesday, at Carmel Hall, Aberdare. Mr D. Morgan, Aberdare, occupied the chair. Mr Lewis Miles, Bedwas, was the secretary. The rules were diacussed seriatim, and various objections were raised and clauses amended. —A sub-committee was appointed to give evidence before the arbitrators, consisting of Messrs D. Morgan, Aberdare; W. Evans, Rhondda Isaao Evans, Neath; Lewis Miles, Bedwas; Thomas Thomas, Cyfarthfa and W. Bray, haulier, Rhondda.— The following resolution was unani- mously passed:— That in tbe opinion of this meeting the appointment of Sir W. T, Lewis to act as the arbitrator on behalf of the owneu. repre>tentiug South Wales and Mon- mouthshire District on the proposed new special rules is a distinct violation of sect. 47 clause 3 of the Mines Regulation Act of 18)7, and that a copy of this resolu- tion be forwarded forthwith to the Secretary of State for the Home Department. -Attention was then drawn to the evidence given by a person from South Wales before Lord Salisbury, on Tuesday, as to contracting-out of the Act, such evidence being felt to be entirely in opposition to the wish of the large majority of the South Wales miners, and the following resolution was passed — That this meeting of representatives of the colliery workmen of South Wales and Monmouthshire repu diates the representations niride to Lord Salisbury by the workman professing to represent the members of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Miners' Provi- dent Society, and declares th3t the said workmen have, by resolutions and other means, distinctly declared against contracting out of the Employers' Liability Aet.






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