Dispute – Strike Continues Distress Severe

January 1879

Mexborough and Swinton Times January 3.

Denaby Main Dispute

The strike still continues, and distress in some families is very severe. The men still receive their tickets for groceries to the amount of eight shillings a week, one shilling for each child under 13 years of age, but this amount is not even sufficient for fod, therefore they have to go without coal and clothing, which are almost as much required as food, during this severe weather.

It will undoubtedly surprise many of our readers that coal is a necessity in a place where nothing else is obtained, but such is the case, and many have therefore to go without, while the few, who are able to buy, have to obtain them in three penny baskets, from hawkers of coal and coke.

The most mysterious part of the programme is that the manager will not allow any of those on strike to have coal from the colliery, even if they take the money with them.

A fortnight, it was stated in here, that the men received money in addition to their “tommy tickets” but this was a mistake, for only once during the entire lockout and strike, have they received four shillings with their ticket. No hope of a settlement seems to be at present contemplated by the men unless their check weighman is reinstated in his proper position. Many rumours are extensively circulated in the neighbourhood, one to the effect that the works were to be opened this week, received great consideration, but will to the present time. No voucher for its correctness has appeared; another is that the tenants of the company have had their supply of gas discontinue, which, if true, would be another addition to their list of inconveniences.