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Shropshire, October 1898

Shropshire, October 1898

 

Wellington Journal, 8th October 1898
SHROPSHIRE MINERS.
ADVANCE OF WAGES BY THE LILLESHALL COMPANY.

A deputation representing the local branches of the Miners' Federation waited upon Mr. W. Perrott, J.P. (managing director of the Lilleshall Company), at the colliery office on Tuesday, relative to the advance in wages, and it is gratifying to know that a very amicable arrangement was arrived at, and that the per cent. advance was agreed upon as from October 1st, and the wages in future to be decided by the Conciliation Board.

The local leaders (so states Mr. W. Latham, secretary) are more pleased with the settlement, not because it is a 2½ per cent. advance, but because they have gained two points for which they have long been contending, viz., the minimum wage is approved, and the principle of wages governing prices, which is the policy of the Federation, is clearly defined in the settlement. Another evidence of the good feeling between the miners and their employers is seen in the fact that relative to the operations of the Compensation Act, an admirable scheme has been agreed upon, and now the wages and compensation questions are settled without the least friction.

A largely attended meeting of the miners was held on Wednesday evening in the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, when Mr. Alfred Hoggins presided, and addresses were delivered by Councillor W. Latham and other members, the arrangements being discussed and explained, and approved by the men.


Submitted by Steve Dewhirst

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