WAGE TERMS AGREED
THOSE of us in London who wait
hours in the queues for buses to take us home, and arc hurt when the vehicles pass with plenty of standing room visible, will be pleased with the latest agreement just concluded between the London Transport Executive and the Transport and General Workers' Union.
These two bodies have agreed to ask the Minister of Transport to allow eight standing passengers instead of five, during permitted hours.
Of course, that is not the most important part of the agreement. Some 56,000 bus workers are to get an increase of 7s. dd. a week, in their wage packet and time-and-a-half for Sunday duty instead of the present time-and-a-quarter.
This wage increase was offered in January, but the union turned it down as they wanted more. After the White Paper on prices, profits and wages, negotiations were resumed and the offer accepted.
AND THE RAILWAYS
riE Railway Executive has also
reached agreement with the three railway unions, No figures are issued, even though wage increases are implied, because of the many scales and grades involved.
The official statement issued last week recalled a Pal rate increase awarded by a Court of Inquiry set up by the Minister of Labour last June, of 7s. 6d, a week to all sections of the staff and recommended a wide review of the grading of railway workers and adequate incentives for the acceptance of higher responsibility, upon promotion.
GOT hold of a good book, issued
by the Catholic Social Guild, the other day. It is The Economic and Political Life of Matz, by Fr. Cyril Clump, S-i. A book, which besides being read and studied by members of the Guild, should also be used as a text-book by teachers. As the author says: " Absence of suitable text-books has long been the main reasons for the present tendency to produce the type of young person who holds his religion in a watertight compartment instead of letting it permeate the whole of his daily life, as it should,"
The book is not as heavy as its title would imply, and contains many useful references.
STRIKE DOWN UNDER
THE most unusual strike that took place earlier this month, when 15 men at Tareni colliery, in the Swansea Valley, stayed down the pit for over a week, as a protest against delays in settlement of local disputes, has brought firm action from the South Wales Delegate Conference of the Mineworkers' Union. This body decided to starve out any stay-down strikers in the future.
The strikers at Tareni Colliery had their food -taken down to them, and life was not too had. All Davies. the Area President of the N.U.M., stated last Saturday that the 200 delegates has decided to starve out any of these type strikers in the future.
Arthur Horner, Communist Miners' Boss, said that there was no possible purpose in such strikes to-day, when every grievance can he discussed through the National Coal Board.
SHIP REPAIRS MEN
THE strike of ship repairs men
on the Merseyside seems to be growing, and many strikers believe that it won't be long before they get official support from the Unions concerned.
One interesting feature is the fact that the strikers would not have the local Union Boss. Communist Leo McGree, speak to them again, as they objected to his bringing his politics into the dispute.