The “Bag Dirt” Strike – Further Summonses

August 1902

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 15 August 1902

Further Summonses

The colliery management have caused a further batch of summonses be issued against miners and other workmen for absenting themselves from work during the first fortnight of the stoppage without having given notice. It is reported that the batch numbers one hundred, and in each case the sum of 10s. a day or £6 damages is claimed. It is certain that in these cases, as in the others the verdict well be against the men. It would appear that the colliery company are going by stages in the matter of these prosecutions.

On the first occasion there were 20 summonses, on the second 50, and now there is the hundred. Under the order made by the court the first instalment of the damages against the first lot of workmen should be paid by Tuesday next, otherwise proceedings will be taken to levy distress on the homes of the defendants. The men have been advised that before their goods can be actually seized they will again be summoned before the magistrates to show cause why they have not paid, and they are hoping on that occasion to be moderately dealt with.

Nothing definite yet known as to what will become of the tools the men left down the pit and they first came out. Particulars of the cases are to be sent to the Barnsley officers of the Association, and the matter will then be dealt with. Some the men of tools in the pit valued at 15 shillings and more.

A meeting of the joint Board of colliery owners and men representative was to be held yesterday (Thursday), but the Denaby and Cadeby strike was not on the agenda for discussion. It was thought that possibly some informal conversations mine take place on the subject between Mr W.H. Chambers and some of the Barnsley officials, possibly Mr Ben Pickard, M.P. from which something in the nature of negotiations may arise.