Dispute – Police in Attendance at Colliery

October 1878

Denaby Main Dispute.

Matters at this colliery are assuming a serious aspect and the longer the strike continues, the fainter of the hopes of a settlement. Great distress prevails amongst the majority of the workmen and their families, although they receive certain amount of union pay together with a Tommy ticket.

On Saturday last three days wage was due to the men, but on going to the face, only a portion of them receive payment of the same day, a number of police were in attendance at the works for what object we know not. Meetings of the men have been held during this week, and firm resolutions have been passed not to resume work until their servant is again reinstated, on the other hand, it is announced that the Masters have entirely closed the colliery owing to the action taken by the men.

We trust however, that the New Year will see them at work again, and that the strike will not be so lasting as predicted.