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WORK AND WAGES., Issue 10447, 18 October 1897
WORK AND WAGES.
Messrs Yarrow, shipbuilders, of Popkr, circulated throughout London on September 2 a notice "to non-unionist fitters, turners, machine hands, drillers, hammermen, steam hammer drivers, milling machine hands, engine and general smiths, patternmakers aud joiners," asking them to apply for work. The noiica refers to the fact that the firm have obtained a commodious vessel upon which such men could work, and details the arrangements that have been made for their comfort. The circular concedes : "An excellent opportunity is offered to intelligent apprentices just out of their time, improvers, and others who are seeking constant employment. The usual trade rate of wages will be paid during the first month, and then according to merit and skill. Upon the royal mail Southampton, now moored opposite our works, new hands can- be comfortably quartered out of the reach and influence of the pickets. Efficient men now engaged will at all times have the preference over others, and on no consideration will unionists take their place in the future. Applications will be dealt with in the order of their receipt." Despite the fact that the non-unionists are thus kept away from the pickets of the A.S.E. and the strikers, the latter are doing everything possible to bring about the removal of the steamer. Efforts are being made to influence the local sanitary authorities aud procure their interference. Representations have been made on the grcund of the danger of overcrowdiog and the cocsrquent probable outbreak of disea-e, which might spread to the neighborhood It is staled, to-), that the Thames Conservancy Board have sent Messrs Yarrow a- notice requiring tbem to keep the fireß always banked ready to move the vessel if uecessary. It is also stated that so far there had been no cases of overcrowding.. Messrs Yarrow are now enabled to proceed with a lot of their work by the aid of the non-union workmen which they have obtained.
There 13 a strong probability of the movement for a reduction of woges, begun iu Buroley and Clitheroe on the Ist September, extending throughout the whole of the North-east Lancashire district, in which case 140,000 operatives will be affected. At the request of the Blackburn manufacturers a meeting of the North-east Lancashire Employers' Association has been called to decide upon the action to be taken to tide over the present crisis in the trade. A prominent manufacturer states that a demand will probably be made for a 10 per cent, reduction, failing which a general stoppage may take place. A crisis has arisen in the Manchester tailoring trade cut of an apparently trivial matter. S 'me time ago a local employer saw fit to di cl a ge one o: his union hands, whereupon the men's society threatened a general strike unless ho was immediately reengaged. In reply, the Masters' Federation immediately prevailed upon a sufficient number of ncn-.unionists to undertake the work of the disaffected operatives. A counter-move on the part of the men resulted in the whole of the society hands withdrawing from the chairman of the Federation's shop. Now, the employers have resolved to give the entire body of the unionists working in Manchester a week's notice unless the boycott be withdrawn.
.The jstokers employed at Blackburn Corporation Gasworks have applied for an eight hours' day and a week 8 holiday with full pay each year. The Gas Committee have replied refusing to concede a week's holiday, but expressing themselves as favorable to the eight hours' day at the present rate of wages, provided that each m*n carbonises as much coal as he does now. New retorts are being put in, and when they are complete the Committee propose that the men shall work eight hours at 5a instead of nine at 53 4d as at present.
Messrs Thomas Parker, Limited, electrical engineers, of Wolverhampton, announce that recently the Americans have carried off the following tramway electrical equipment contracts, in the face of English tenders: -The Dublin, Bristol, Coventry, Sydney, Brisbane, and other Home and colonial undertakings. America's success against the English engineers has been astounding, another example being the Central London Electrical Railway. If, they say, hours are to be reduced to forty-eight in this country, with a similar curtailment of machine tool production, British competition will be practically impossible.
WORK AND WAGES., Issue 10447, 18 October 1897
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