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CHAR 22/114A-B Official: Cabinet: Committee on the Report of the Royal Commission on the Coal Industry: various papers.

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CHAR 22/114/3-4

Letter from the Miners' Executive Committee to the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, giving the Committee's reply to the proposals of the Coal owners in the coal dispute. The Committee notes that the owners propose a return to the minimum wage percentage of 1921 (a uniform reduction of 13.3 % from the standard wage), conditional on the extension of working hours over three years. The miners unanimously reject these proposals, but feel that proposals submitted on the Trades Union Congress afford a basis for negotiation. They state that their present working hours are long enough to supply a marketable amount of coal and for safety, and that to extend hours would merely result in unemployment and the imposition of similar working practices by foreign producers, while being contrary to the findings of the Royal Commission into the industry. They conclude by agreeing to co-operate in such reorganisation of the industry as the Royal Commission recommends.

2 folios
30 Apr 1926
CHAR 22/114/71-72

Two pamphlets giving the minutes of proceedings of a meeting between the Central Committee of the Mining Association and the Executive Committee of the Miners' Federation on the coal dispute, particularly on: working hours; wages; a National Agreement as opposed to local wage settlements; coal prices at home and abroad.

22 folios
19 Aug 1926
CHAR 22/114/73-109

Notes of a meeting between Government Ministers (Winston Churchill, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland, Minister of Labour, George Lane-Fox, Secretary for Mines [later 1st Lord Bingley], Sir Ernest Gowers, Permanent Under-Secretary, Mines Department, and also Thomas Jones, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet) and the Miners' Federation on attempts to settle the miners' strike, including: the Government's refusal to give further financial aid to the industry; the effects of the strike upon the country; the miners' refusal to extend working hours and the Eight Hours Bill; a national minimum wage; the Government's support for the mine owners; the need for reorganisation of the industry.

36 folios
26 Aug 1926