Proposed Reduction in the Miners Wages

April 1881

Mexborough and Swinton Times April 22.

The Proposed Reduction in the Miners Wages

A deputation of Denaby Many miners, accompanied by Mr Chappell, waited upon Mr Warburton, the manager of this colliery on Saturday.

In order to see if he could not be persuaded to withdraw the notice which had been given to the men, which stated that the 5% they recently received would be deducted from their wages.

The interview lasted some time. In reply to deputation the Manager said he could not withdraw the notices. He was then asked if he would consent to its non-enforcement until it was seen whether the Manvers Main men would obtain an advance through the establishment of a sliding scale, in which case the wages of the Denaby men were to be equally raised.

Mr Warburton answered that he did not think theManvers miners would find their wages could be raised; but whether this was so or not, the Directors hadgiven him instructions to deduct at once 5% from the wages of the men, in consequence of the depressed state of the coal trade.

The deputation subsequently withdrew. Seeing the determination of the Directors, it is thought the men will fall in with their wishes and thus prevent a strike which cannot possibly have any good results.

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