Mexborough & Swinton Times, May 10, 1919
Denaby Miners’ Project.
New System of Coal Carting.
In connection with the carting of the miner’s coal from the Denaby and Cadeby Main Collieries, considerable dissatisfaction has been felt for a long time and recently the company and the local branches of the Y.M.A. have embarked on a new venture, which it is expected will solve what has long proved a troublesome problem.
The Colliery Company have in. the past been supplying coal at 1/6 a ton to men living in the Company’s houses, and at 3/- a ton in other cases.
The men have had to pay for the cost of carting, and as the Company would not accept responsibility for delivery the men made private arrangements with local carters, Convinced that they were being charged excessive prices, the men expressed a great deal of discontentment with this arrangement, and have now hit upon the happy idea of arranging to do all their own carting. For the Purpose of purchasing the necessary horses and carts, the Company have advanced a sufficient sum of money. and have agreed to supply coal to all their workmen, whether they live in the Company’s houses or not,at a fixed sum of 1/6 per ton.
Fourteen carters, and about twelve horses and carts, are to be employed on the work, and the repayment to the Colliery Company, who are financing the scheme, is carried out by a stoppage of 6d. per month from the wen’s wages. The scheme is in the hands of what is termed the Denahy and Cadeby home Carting Committee, composed of Messrs. T. Hill (president), W. L. Worsley (secretary), T. Doran (treasurer), G. Smith and G. Starr.
The experiment, concerning which the most sanguine expectations are held will undoubtedly be watched by collieries in the district and if successful may be widely adopted.