July 12th, 1916

Council Meeting held Wednesday, July 12th at 3 pm.

Members present Miss Emily Cox in the chair, Mrs. J. J. Findlay, Miss Ashcroft, Mrs. Withington, Miss Gardner, Mrs. Ashwell Cooke, Mr. G. V. Cox, Mr. H. V. Roe, Mr. H. V. Herford, Mr. E. Dale.

An apology of absence was received from Miss Margaret Ashton.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and passed.

Arising out of the minutes the Secretary reported that her name had been accepted as an Assesser on the Local Munitions Tribunal.

A financial statement was made by the Treasurer. Methods as to raising funds were discussed and Mr. G. V. Cox was delegated to see Miss Marjory Lees of Oldham, with the object of holding a drawing room meeting in September or October for this purpose.

A letter was read from the Trades and Labour Council asking for two delegates to sit on a committee to go into questions arising out of the War. Mrs. Findlay moved Mr. Roe seconded and it was agreed that the offer be accepted and that Miss E. Cox and Miss M. Quaile be appointed.

A letter was read from the War Savings Committee asking the Council along with other bodies to receive a deputation on the question of War Savings. It was moved by Mr. E. Dale, seconded by Miss Cox and agreed “That while in hearty sympathy with the object of promoting savings for all classes, we felt that women’s wages generally are too far below the standard to admit of their saving. The particular work of the Council is to increase women’s wages and raise them to a standard so that they may be able to save.” It was decided to send this resolution to the Secretary of War Savings Committee.

The Police (Miscellaneous) Bill was considered and it was decided to refer the matter to the Sub-Committee for consideration.

The memorandum on Labour Exchanges issued by the Women’s War Interest Committee was fully discussed and it was resolved to send the following resolution. “That we are in cordial agreement with all the clauses, and especially welcome the suggestion in paragraph 5 as it touches new ground.”

The Sub-Committee minutes were read. With regard to Evan’s woodworkers, the Secretary was instructed to send out a further appeal for grants to the men’s unions. Miss Ashcroft reported that the Confectioners Union was gradually gaining members and that the women had arranged a social at which a presentation had been made to Miss Radford and herself.

The profit on the jumble sale had amounted to £5.00.

The question of holidays was discussed and it was decided that this year the two Secretaries take a fortnight of their holidays together.

Emily Cox August 16th 1916.