Business as Usual At Cadeby – Back to Work

November 1936

Mexborough and Swinton Times November 6, 1936

Back to Work
Business as Usual At Cadeby

Work was resumed at Cadeby main colliery. Conisborough, on Monday, and so the 10 day strike by 150 haulage hands over one boy, which resulted in 1,000 men being effected and the Barnsley seam being almost at a standstill, was brought to a close.

It had appeared that a return to work would not be made before Tuesday, when 150 summonses brought by the company, against the strikes for alleged breach of contract were due for hearing at Doncaster, but on Friday Mr. Herbert Smith (president of the Y.M.A.) met Mr. L. C. Hodges (general management) in Leeds, and Mr Hodges subsequently agreed that subject to the strikers agreeing to return to work on Monday and consented to pay small damages each, the company would withdraw the summonses.

On Saturday Messrs, Ben Roberts and J. Madin (president and secretary respectively of the Cadeby Main branch of the Y.M.A.) attended at the Y.M.A headquarters at Barnsley at the request of headquarters staff, who placed the situation before them. Messrs, Robert and Madin were accompanied by three of the strikers who, having power to act on behalf of their colleagues decided to accept the terms of settlement.

The action of these young pitlads was subsequently endorsed at a meeting of the strikers at the Conisborough headquarters of the Cadeby branch on Sunday morning and a resumption of work was made the same night and on Monday.