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[Pas Pbess Association.—Copybioht,]

_ LONDON, October 29. _ The engineers, replying to the suggea-' tion to submit the disputes to a conference,' disclaim any desire to interfere .with the management of the affairs of employers' beyond what is necessary to secure just terms. They claim that, there should be a simultaneous withdrawal of strike notices by the strikers and lock-out notices by the masters, also the appointment of an independent chairman to preside over the Conference. They do not state if they agree to withdraw the demand for forty-eight hours.

The employers, in their reply, insist upon the unconditional .withdrawal of the demand for reduced hours, which rthey allege it is impossible to concede owing" to the keenness of trade competition. Their' experience since tho strike has shown that inexperienced workmen get 20 to 50 per cent, more out of machines than unionists. They state their willingness to confer through the medium of a joint committee upon the question ,of the removal of restrictions hampering trade, each appointing their own chairman. The employers, in their .reply, further suggest that work is to be resumed when a solution of tho difficulty has been arrived at. They do not desire to encroach upon reasonable unionism or'combination.

The Press state that the prospects *of a conference are discouraging. Speaking at Bournemouth regarding the difficulty in the engineering- trade, theHon. T. Brassey suggested, as a corhpro-. mise, a reduction to fifty-one hours per week, which be believed would be finally reduced to forty-eight hours if the masters were reasonable. He advocated that the men should concede freedom of manage* ment and an unrestricted output.

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WORK AND WAGES, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897

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WORK AND WAGES Issue 10458, 30 October 1897

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