Miners and War Wages.

October 1919

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 06 October 1919

Miners and War Wages.

At a meeting of the Denaby and miners yesterday morning a resolution was carried endorsing the railwaymen’s withdrawal of their labour and promising sympathetic support if necessary.

Mr. W. B. Knaggs, of the N.U.R., said that some of the colliery engine drivers had been asked to work trains to Crofton and Grimethorpe, but he was glad to say the colliery officials received very definite “No.”

The railwaymen had been called anarchists, but they in Mexborough had proved that they were gentlemen.

Mr. Samuel Roebuck, of the Yorkshire Miners’ Association, addressed the gathering on the nationalisation of mines. Whilst the cost of living remained at its present high level, he declared, any reduction in war wages, or any hint of a reduction, would result in the greatest upheaval in the industry they had ever experienced.