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[Pee Peess Association.—Copyeight.]

LONDON, October 6, A majority of employers of the cottonspinners of England favor a reduction in the wages of the operatives.


LONDON, October G. The Executive Committee of the Employers’ Federation resolved that the conditions of the engineering and allied trades do not admit of a reduction of hours; also, that they intend to secure absolute freedom in the management of their works, and declared that the intervention of third parties into the matters in dispute is useless. Twenty-one firms of Thames ship repairers have joined the Employers’ Federation.

A meeting of the Railway Servants’ Congress voted a sum of £3OO per week to the strikers until a settlement is arrived at.

The ‘ Amalgamated Engineers’ Monthly Journal’ for August—received by the last mail—in referring to the strike of engineers now proceeding, announces that during the month the following firms had agreed to work their establishments on the eight hours’ principle :-The Tilbury Lighterage Company, Peninsular and Oriental Corapany, Kew Engineering Works, Co-operative Printing Works, General Engineering Company, Limited, Metropolitan Electric Light Station, Morris-tube Ammunition Company. Orient S'eam Navigation Company, Whippet Oyole Syndicate, Millwall Electric Power and Storage Company, Wholesale Co-operative Company, Battersea Vostry, Messrs Jackson and Co,, Masson and Scott, Sadler and Co., Neill and Booth, Dryden and Ford, Kirkcaldy and Son, Fraser and Fraser, Scott and Son, T. Horn and Co., Gardner, Westhorp, and Co., Reynolds and Co., Parris, Singer, and Co., Jakeman aod Farrauds, Pontifex and Sons, R. Neal and Co,, Stannah, F. Walton, Lloyd and Davies, J. Laver and Son, Furze and Co., Dell and Co., Oswald and Co., Lawson and Co., Spech and Co., Dale and Co., Idas and Co., Dore, Dawe, and Co., Grant and Co,, Merryweathers, Storeys and Crofts. There were 193 engineering firms in the London district working the eight-hour day. These employed about 7,500 of the 10,500 engineers in the area. Fourteen hundred and seventyeight men had ceased work as the result of the lock-out, but this number was diminishing daily, as the men were gradually being engaged in eight-hour shops. Fifteen hundred men were still working the nine hours, but. that number was also getting smaller, as firm after firm was con. ceding the eight-hour principle. The paper goes on to state that out of London nothing alarming had happened, as far as the Engineers’ Society was concerned. The month had been started with 92,316 members, as against 91,919 for the beginning of July, The number on donation benefit was 18,730 as against 1,786 at the beginning of July.’ There were 1,628 men on sick benefit, as against 1,673 the previous month, and 2,998 on superannuation. Taking the total number on benefit—viz., 23,356—fr0m the membership, there were 68,960 men at work.

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WORK AND WAGES., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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WORK AND WAGES. Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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