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North-West Strike Threat

14th February 1936
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DIRECT action by way of a strike is likely in the North-Western Area, on April 1, if employers do not agree to pay the wages laid down by the appeals committee of the National Joint Conciliation Board, said Mr. H. Ashcroft, secretary of -the NorthWestern Board's employees' panel, to The Commercial Motor, after a meeting of the Board, last Friday.

It is understood that the employers stated at the meeting that they could not agree to the findings of the appeals committee and asked for the workers' agreement to a reduced rate, or the postponement of enforcement of the new scales. The employees' representatives contended that the matter had been in abeyance from October, 1934, to March, 1936, and they would consider no further postponement. They further questioned the functions of the Board, now that the appeals committee had made an award.

When a vote was taken, the whole of the union representatives, numbering 15, together with two of the employers' side, voted in favour of the increases, whilst 13 of the employers voted against.

The meeting will be resumed on February 17, provided that the em-. ployers' representatives have agreed to accept the awards.

The suggestion has been made that the unions may call upon the Licensing Authority to settle the matter, before recourse to a stoppage.

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