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TRADE UNIONISM. A T ———— MEETING AT CONNAH'S QUAY. ) On Saturday evening a meeting ot tne mem- j bers of the Dock, Wharf, Riverside, and Gonoral Workers' Union was held in the gardens of the Hare and llounds Hotel. Mr. John Huiton occupied the chair, and in the course of a short address t-aid he hoped tho men of the district would grasp the idea and enter fully into tiie spirit of trades unionism. The trades organisa- tions in the country had without. doubt not. only improved the conditions under which men earned their living, but in many cases had proved of great benefit to the employers also. (Applause.) He trusted as a result of that meeting that many men now employed at 1 Hawarden Bridge Works would enrol t-hein- selves as m-embers, and that there would be a redres« of some of the grievances from which the men suffered in various departments of the work. grievances which, if only brought to the notice of their employers through the medium of their organisation, would be favourably con- sidercd. (Applause.) He iiad great pleasure in inviting Mr. Wignall, of South Waics, to address the meeting. Mr. Wignall, who occupies the position of organising secretary for tho South Wale* district, said ho was going as a delegate to represent his union at the Trades Union Con- gress in Liverfjool. lie said he came from a di-trict in whivh their union was very strong, having a membership of between 8.000 and 9.000; and, when '?M things had ocn taken into consideration, the organisation had proved I :ioA successful, and had improved the conditions of the worker in that large and populous industrial centre. The iiicii had realised what Trades unionism had done for them, both collectively and individually; but success could only be attained proportionately to the enthusiasm that the men displayed in the work of the urron. He wanted thetn to be imbued with the real spirit cf trades unionism. He wanted them lo be faithful a-id energetic in tho work of -,fie union, because their leaders would have far greater influence in approaching their em- ployers if they had a strong and solid organisa- tion at their back. They had had their diffi- culties to con tend with in South Wales. There were the GilbertK>ns, who were bitterly cppc-ed to trade unions, and would Dot employ a mem- ber of a union at their works, and would not even meet the representatives of the men. These employers, hard as they were, now pathy with the objects V1H> union had m view "by employing no men at their works who were not members of tho union. (Applause.) They were pleased to testify that it had proved a benefit to them. As employers they had their agreements, and both employers and incai faith- fully adhered to them. If the nien had a grievance iliey were only too ready to to them. The despicable system of petty masters and contractors had been done away witj; in I-lie South Wales work. and tbo men now had fixed rates for their labour, and were Poot ground down by these "under hugs" who sweated the life out of tho men. They were now only responsible to the recognised orheiuls of the vvorko. and as a result of this dr;i.-dc change in their condition the men were now receiving, in some cases, SO to 100 per cent, more wages. (Applause.) Ihese men were grateful for what had been done for them, and he was sure that in the Connah's Quay district, which was raprily growing into an impcr ant industrial centre, if the men only enrolled them- selves as members, the conditions of work under which they now toiled would be changed, and they would also receive a large quota of the v.eaiUi which they were the mean* of producing. Tiiey fully recognised that the mat.wrs were entitled, and that they did not envv. In conclusion, Mr. Wignall claimed that the union had played an important part on behalf of tho men in Sout,h Wales, and if the men in the Connah's Quay district would only nrove y a I to the.r or?ani?a.tion they wou:ù O{)(;U; for them the amc conditions of labour a? ,e- ti,tzt l?he FzLnie c7,,?,ii d tiolls o?Ii.Lotir a. ,r, I "<tcr6 mid men, a? in South Waie? ((.&«,-6 The Chairman said he thought they all must have enjoyed and appreciated Mr. Wignaii'a address. He had shewn what could be acoom- plished by good organisation and lovally tl), men. In the packing shop* at Mes«rs. John Summers and Sons they had their grievances. They did not for a moment blame Uieir employers, but those under them, who had to secure certain bonuses, made- the conditions under which they worked Tiothing- better than s'avery. (Hear, hear.) This state of affairs required remedying, and if the men were loyal one to another he felt sure tea: a change would be effected that roust prove of great benefit to the general body of workers. (Applause.) Short addresses were given by ot her members of the local branch, and the proceedings ter- minated with a vote of thanks to Mr. Wuniail and to the chairman for presiding.