February 14th, 1917

Executive Committee Meeting held on Wednesday February 14th 1917

An apology of absence was received from Mrs. Ashwell Cooke.

Members present :-Miss Emily Cox (chair), Miss Ashton, Mrs. Withington, Mrs. Findlay, Mrs. G.V. Cox, Mr. G. V. Cox, Mr. Herford, Mr. Dale.

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.

Arising out of the minutes, it was reported that a reply had been received from Mr. Mellor stating that the Manchester Trades Council had nothing to do with the arrangements for the Conference between employers and employed.

Trades union propaganda meeting. It was reported that the Council and the Women’s Trade and Labour Council had been asked to provide stewards for the meeting, and that only the Unions taking part would be allowed to distribute literature inside the hall. It was moved by Miss Cox, seconded by Miss Ashton and agreed that the Council have a special leaflet printed for distribution, giving the names of the various Unions affiliated to the Council.

Correspondence. A letter was read from Mr. Charles Renold asking for an interview with Miss Cox and Miss Quaile, and it was decided that this should be arranged at once. It was also decided that a small Committee be appointed to go into the question of the new orders issued by the Ministry of Munitions, governing munitions workers.

The new proposals drawn up by the special Sub-Committee, with regard to the organisation of munition workers were read, and it was decided that these be sent to Miss MacArthur before the interview. A letter was also read from Miss MacArthur stating that she was going to Glasgow on February 20 and would meet the Committee on that date, if convenient. As, however, the date did not suit several members of the Committee, it was decided to ask Miss MacArthur if she could come on February 19 or 23.

The Sub-Committee minutes were read. These showed that many meetings had been held in connection with the Tin Box and Woodworking trades. It was also reported that the organisation of munition workers was progressing very favourably.

Emily Cox March 14th 1917.