Trade unionist and labour leader Tom Mann drew a large crowd to Shipley Glen when he spoke about what was happening in Russia their proposals for peace negotiations ‘which includes no annexations or indemnities.’ He submitted this as a reasonable basis for settlement.In the evening another large audience assembled at Victoria Hall, Saltaire, to listen to him talk about what faced workers after the war was over.Mr Mann dealt specifically with the subject of demobilisation, saying that at the close of the war, when we allow
for a very large number being retained under military service, it would still mean there would be four or five millions of workers whose energies are now called for in the fighting forces or in munitions, who will then be requiring employment in civil life.So far as he had observed the Government have no satisfactory scheme or proposal on how this can be effectively coped with.
Neither have the employers, either those who are organised or those who speak as individuals.They simply said the workers and employers must work more harmoniously than in the past, which carried us nowhere as regard coping with this serious menace with which we were sure to be confronted at the close of the war.BuildingIt was admitted that there will be special activities in connection with the building industry and also in engineering and ship building, which will last for a considerable while.Still it would leave millions of men on our hands and there was no effective method of coping with this difficulty other than that of a drastic reduction of working hours.The argument Mr Mann advanced was that the object of all work should be the production of the requisites and comforts of life in sufficiency for all.“We have demonstrated our capacity to do this with ease, as witness the present enormous productivity in keeping the country going with commodities whilst six millions at least of the most virile age are prevented by circumstances from sharing in production and therefore are maintained and equipped by those who are working here.“It is self-evident, therefore, that when these men return and take part in civil life, all that is really required is efficient organisation so that the total work to be done shall be properly apportioned over the total number to do it.”He would not fix any rigid working day. He would make a six hours’ day and five days’ working week and he believed that with the enormously improved methods of production already applied in some departments and soon to be universally applied, that for every day £1 a day might be earned and claimed.
Victorious lady cricketers at Baildon
Baildon Ladies who have twice defeated Tong Park Ladies in a match in aid of the Baildon Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund. The photograph was taken by Mr Thos Denbigh, J.P. on the occasion of the second encounter at Tong Park.
Let’s plan for a five-day week at £1 per day
WANTEDATTENDANT NURSES – Respectable women required, of fair education and good height; previous experience unnecessary; salary commences at £25, rising after satisfactory service by annuall increments of £2 to £35 and on promotion to £50 per annum, with board, lodging, washing and uniform – Apply to the Superintendent, County Asylum, Prestwich, Manchester.
Whilst a number of Shipley boys, ranging from 8 to 10 years of age were playing on the railway bridge at Hirst Hill on Sunday afternoon, one of their number – Rufus Brown – of 33 Salisbury Street, Saltaire, fell across the railway metals and lay unconscious.His companions, peering over the bridge, saw with horror a train approaching.Brown would assuredly have been run over had not one of the party, a Bradford boy, pluckily risked his life and, quickly descending on to the line, dragged Brown clear as the train rushed past.Arduous taskBrown was picked up unconscious. There was no one else at hand. The boys’ efforts to restore animation were unsuccessful and they commenced the arduous task of carrying their unconscious chum back to Shipley.Struggling along the road they were met some distance from the bridge by a gentleman who at once relieved them of their burden.The unconscious lad was taken to Saltaire hospital suffering from severe injuries to his spine.
Quick-thinking lad saves chum from rushing train
New plough to help Esholt tenants
A three-furrow motor plough has been purchased by the Sewage Committee of the Bradford Corporation and on its arrival it will be marked by a demonstration of its merits.It may be remembered that the committee authorised the purchase of such a plough, the cost not to exceed £400 and an excellent, up-to-date machine of American construction has been secured.PromisedIt should be explained that the plough has not been acquired for merely ploughing out the land which the committee farms.When the government called upon the agricultural community to put down to corn a certain percentage of their land, the Sewage Committee, in discussing the matter with their tenants on the Esholt Estate, promised to help them, as far as possible, over the labour difficulty and the purchase of the plough is the first step – and a very considerable one – in that direction.
At a meeting of the West Riding Education Committee at Wakefield on Tuesday, the chairman, Alderman H Dunn of Shipley, said with regards to teachers’ salaries that a conference had been held and a good deal of agreement arrived at.However, in view of the fact that the Departmental Committee was now sitting and would not present its report for some months, it was thought advisable not to fix the scale definitely.War bonusRoughly speaking, however, it was intended to give additions of £25 to head teachers and certified teachers, and smaller sums to other teachers.This £25 would include the war bonus so that it would mean a definite increase of £15 a year. Payments on account at the rate of £1 per month from April 1st would be made and the differene paid when the scale was definitely fixed.
Pay rise for teachers
Investigations have been made in Bradford concerning the attendance of school children at picture houses and the result shows that about 37,000 scholars from the elementary schools in the city visited the picture houses once during the week to which the return applies, whilst fully a seventh were there twice and over five hundred attended three times or more in the same week.Desirable subjectsWe now see what a great factor the picture habit has become in the lives of our young people and any steps which can be taken to make certain that suitable and desirable subjects – films with a real educational value – are provided will be welcome.It would be a good plan to arrange special exhibitions for the juvenile section of the community. If this were done, the children would not witness unsuitable pictures and they would probably get home earlier in the evenings.If managers of picture houses fail to take the lead in matters of this kind they will have only themselves to blame if the municipality itself makes such provision.