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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29

Friday, June 15th. — Nine O'Clock A.M

Friday, June 15th.

Nine O'Clock A.M.


Mr. Cowen proposed—

Mr. Eales seconded—


"That the minutes of yesterday's proceedings, as read, be confirmed."—Carried unanimously.
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The Monthly Reports.

The consideration of two proposals adjourned from the previous evening was now resumed.

Mr. Sweeney proposed—

Mr. Kirton seconded—


"That it be left to the discretion of the E.C. to extend the size of the Monthly Report when they think it necessary to do so."

Mr. Smith proposed—

Mr. Jones seconded—
"That Rule 31, clause 3, be amended as follows:—'He shall issue a monthly report, which shall be charged one penny each to members; it shall be the medium of communication between the E.C. and the branches,


and contain the result of voting by the members on any question; the state of trade in each locality; and all branch resolutions which are forwarded for publication, with the decision of the E.C. thereon. All votes of thanks to be excluded from the pages of the monthly report.' The remainder to be unaltered."

During the discussion both of the foregoing propositions were withdrawn.

Mr. Harrison proposed—

Mr. Swaffer seconded—
"That the E.C. be instructed to print returns of votes on separate sheets


whenever the amount of available space in the monthly report is limited. That resolutions containing votes of thanks be no longer inserted in the monthly reports."
  • For 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 (9 votes).
  • Against 1 2 3 4 5 6 16 (7 votes).

Mr. Kirton proposed—

Mr. Robertson seconded—
"That the E.C. shall have the discretionary power of enlarging the


monthly report on all occasions when they have to take a vote of the members."
  • For 1 2 3 4 5 6 16 (7 votes).
  • Against 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 (9 votes).

Mr. Sweeney proposed—

Mr. Apperley seconded—
"That the E.C. be requested to send the monthlies direct to each branch


which requires them to do so."—Carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith proposed—

Mr. Beasley seconded—
"That the G.S. be instructed to append to each quarterly financial report


of the G.O. a list of attendances of members of the E.C. during the preceding quarter."
  • For 7 9 10 11 (4 votes).
  • Against 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 12 13 11 15 16 (12 votes).
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Election of the G.C.

Mr. Sweeney proposed—

Mr. Kirton seconded—
"That in order to allow our Australasian members to take part in the election of the G.C., it take place twelve months previous to the next


triennial G.C. meeting. The nomination to take place six months previous to the election, and the arrangements of districts to appear in the monthly report two months before the time of nomination."
  • For 1 2 3 4 5 11 12 14 15 16 (10 votes).
  • Against 6 7 8 9 10 13 (6 votes).

Young Members Taking Office.

Mr. Beaumont proposed—

Mr. Sweeney seconded—
"That no member be allowed to hold office in this society before he


attains the age of 21 years."—Carried unanimously.


Mr. Jones proposed—

Mr. Beasley seconded—
"That as long as eight members in the entire society hold together, conforming to the rules, this society shall not be dissolved: but whenever the number of members in this society is reduced to seven by deaths, and by


exclusions in conformity with rule, a majority of the seven survivors may, in meeting assembled at the registered office, finally dissolve this society, and after discharging all debts and liabilities legally incurred in the society's name, they may divide the funds among the whole of the members in equal portions."—Carried unanimously.


Mr. Swaffer proposod—

Mr. Sweeney seconded—


"That the reply of the E.C. to the Wolverhampton Branch be endorsed."—Carried unanimously.

Appeals of Branches.

Mr. Harrison proposed—

Mr. Tindall seconded—
"That Rule 50, clause 1, be amended as follows:—Any branch in which a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members present at a special summoned meeting differ from the decision of the E.C., may


appeal to the next G.C. meeting, or to the branches, against such decision, by forwarding their appeals through the E.C., together with a list of the members appealing. If the members of the society or G.C. decide against the appeal of any branch, the members who voted for such appeal shall pay all expenses incurred."—Carried unanimously.
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Mr. Tindall proposed—

Mr. Chandler seconded—
"That in the opinion of this Council the time has arrived when we ought to take urgent measures for the total abolition of piecework in the London District, as we consider it detrimental to the interest of the trade, likewise


to our society, and that we consider the steps taken by the E.C. to annul the decision of the London members (given by their representatives at a special delegate meeting convened for that purpose in November last) as injudicious and contrary to the interests of our society."

A lengthy discussion ensued, in which the action taken by the London Branches and the policy pursued by the E.C. were fully reviewed. The debate was eventually adjourned until Saturday morning.