CASE FOR THE MINERS
WESTPQRT, Marchi 31. As the causes of the trouble at present existing; at Millerton has beeu misconstrued and false impressions created, a representative of the " Times"'interviewed Mr W. Davidson, president of the Miners' Union, and obtained the following; information: —In connection with the matter the demands of the miners at Millerton are greatly misunderstood. The facts are that the miners have usually made personal arrangements with the managers, to the detriment of the miners in general. Heretofore the custom prevailing at Miller ton mine in connection with truck-, ing has been very unsatisfactory, in so far as the men were required to come out from two to four hours a day. The miners desired that all arrangements in regard to working in the mine that needed readjustment be submitted to the management through their representatives. The management insist that they should be empowered to make arrangements as regards payments', etc., in connection with matters not provided for in the agreement at present in operation between the company and the union. The union maintains that all' arrangements' must be made, not by individual members of the union, but' directly through the activities •of the, union. Every miner at MillerEbn "is prepared to truck providing he is kept to that particular employment for the whole of the shift. They do not wish to dictate to the employers as to the amount of work they should do. _ The miners demand simply the following: — Agreements to be made between _ the union and company, and not by individual members, a practice which has prevailed, and has been entirely unsatisfactory;, the miners, if required to leave the face, are prepared to do so for a period of a shift. The action of the miners relieves the pressure under which the* company are smarting through shortage of' truckers. Every miner placing himself at their service is prepared'to do full shifts trucking. Word from Millerton this morning states that the men are still out. The Westport Coal Company's outDut last week was 5580 tons, and. the Stockton output was nil;
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919
MILLERTON DISPUTE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919
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