November 12th, 1913

Council Meeting held November 12th 1913 at 3pm


Present Miss Emily Cox, Mrs. F. E. Ashwell Cooke, Mrs. J. J. Findlay, Mrs. C. J. Spence, Mrs. C. E. Grierson, Miss Woolley, Miss Basnett, Councillor Margaret Ashton, Councillor James Johnston, Mr. G. V. Cox, Mr. E. Dale, Mr. P. Oliver, Mr. H. V. Herford, Miss Mary Quaile, Mrs. Aldridge.

Apologies for Absence. Apologies for absence were submitted from Mrs. Ernest Simon and Mrs. Sinclair.

Minutes. Minutes of the last meeting were read and passd.

Mrs. Grierson. Arising from the Minutes it was reported that Mrs. G. K. Grierson had consented to join the Council. No further letter had been received from the Women’s Trade Union League.

Finance. The Treasurer presented the monthly financial statement

Tin Box and Canister Makers Trade Board. Letter was read from Mr. Enfield of the Board of Trade which reported in appreciative terms of the work done amongst tin box and canister makers in Manchester re-the Trade Board.

Sub-Committee minutes. The sub-Committee minutes were read. The minutes showed that:-

Association of Tin Box Makers Formed. An association of tin box and canister workers had been formed for the purpose of securing proper representation of the women on the new Trade Board. Meetings had been held in connection with each shop and many women visited in their homes. Every woman in the trade knew of the formation and object of the Trade Board. Names of women had been submitted to the Board of Trade for nomination on the Board. Later it was hoped that the association would develop into a good trade union.

Cotton waste workers had been visited and an enquiry made re-wages and conditions of work. Joint action with the Gas Workers and General Labourers' Union was proposed to secure organisation amongst the women and an increase in prices.

Mrs. McGlone an outworker had been recommended to the Board of Trade for nomination on the Shirtmakers Trade Board. Mr. Enfield a Board of Trade official had interviewed Mrs. McGlone at the office.

Norwood Blouse Factory. An interview was under arrangement with the Norwood Manufacturing Company re-prices for next season blouses. Mrs. Aldridge would attend with members of the Amalgamated Society of Corset Makers and Sewing Machinists. There had been many previous interviews and substantive increases on prices are obtained.

Annual Meeting. It was proposed to hold the nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Council early in February 1914.

Women’s Trade Union League. Miss Ashton proposed and Miss Woolley seconded that a letter had be sent to the Women’s Trades Union League to remind them that their scheme re-National Federation of Women Workers had not been received.

Industrial Sub-Committee N.U.W.W. It was agreed that Mrs. Aldridge should attend the quarterly meeting in London of the Industrial Committee of the National Union of Women Workers.

Emily Cox December 10th.