Protection Society Complains
Unnecessarily Drastic Cuts
The half-yearly report of the Blackburn Weavers Protection Society states that after many months' experience of the new legalised list for wages in the cotton trade they are now fully convinced that the great reductions were unnecessary and a great injustice for the skill required by the workers in the trade.
" There are many complaints and much discontent with the present rase of wages earned under the new agreement," continues the report, " both in the coarse and higher quality cloths, and it is not surprising to learn that many districts are now asking for a reconsideration of the whole question.
"While we recognise that every effort is being put forward by the central committee of the Weavers' Amalgamation, we regret the stubbornness of the employers, many of whom agree that the wages now earned are not a living wage, even if provided with their full comple• ment of beams, and the whole conditions leave much to be desired."
Change of Face
The report expresses she hope that the immediate future will bring about improvement in ;trade, and that a more reasonable and conciliatory hearing will be given to any application which will give the workers a better standard of living.
A great change seems to be coming over many of our leading cotton industrialists, it adds.
In spite of the many organisations dealing with textile matters, both from the employers and employees' officials an ardent desire was now being expressed throughout the trade that they ought to have representatives of a non-party label in the House of Commons who could place before the government the difficulties that the cotton trade was up against.